JULIE WELLS: Be thankful for God, loved ones all year long



So begins the month of thankfulness.

Some people have begun using Facebook as a tool to show the world what they are thankful for each day by listing on their "wall" what is most important to them for the 30 days of November.

I think that is a great idea. We all need to be reminded that it isn't just the big things, but the little things we need to count our blessings for.

We all seem to revisit this idea of being thankful this time of year, but I wonder if any of those lists of things to be thankful for actually change us from the inside out.

Or do we tend to forget what we listed on our thankful list once Christmas and the New Year roll around?

I believe those things that you are truly thankful for you never forget. It doesn't have to be just Thanksgiving for you to be praising the Lord most high for all He has done in your life.

I often see people who have experienced a life changing ordeal, such as an illness or the death of a loved one, have their eyes opened to a life of being thankful.

Those people have usually had to experience death in order to really alive, and those type of people are truly grateful for every breath they breathe.

I'd like to see that we, as children of God, carry out this season all year. We shouldn't be contained to a season when we've been given the gift of eternity with our Heavenly Father.

We need to be setting the example of how to live with such zest for life, a life that has been saved from our sins and a life that gets to be in the presence of Jesus one day.

So, maybe today you wake up with thanksgiving on your heart instead of complaining. May praises flow out of your mouth and heart, instead of the "have-tos" of life.

I am, of course, eternally grateful for my salvation, for the Lord only knows where I would be without Him. My husband, family, churches and friends, yes, those are the people I hold dear to my heart.

This year, as I am expecting a child, I've learned to be grateful for something else -- the ability to feel my child move around in my stomach.

Life is a beautiful thing. None of us are promised our next breath, so we should live in a way of knowing that when our time comes to go home to meet Jesus, we go out singing His praises and doing so with a grateful heart.

Make this season the beginning of a life change of thankfulness.

Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.