This coming Sunday, around Australia, all Christian Denominations will be celebrating: NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING.
In 1 Chronicles 16:34 we read: “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.” You can also see this directive given in the Psalms ‘Give thanks to the LORD’ (in Psalm 105,106,107). Even in the New Testament we are encouraged to do this in all circumstances (as in 1Thessalonians 5:18). But why is giving thanks so important?
In FORBES business magazine, Amy Morin (2014) shares 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude. Among those listed benefits, it is stated that gratitude actually improves our physical and psychological health. It has been shown to enhance empathy and reduce aggression. I was surprised to read that studies have proven that gratitude helps us to sleep better and improve self-esteem. Let me quote to you her conclusion and you can draw your own conclusion on this: “We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have - rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve. Developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.”
Pastor Dirk Willner
Living Word - your church on campus
Worship Service on Sunday at 9.00 am in The Trinity Centre