Music lessons improve children’s cognitive skills and academic performance

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I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence

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What is famine, and how can we stop it?

What is famine, and how can we stop it?

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Have a Haunted 2014

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Thank you!

Thank you!

Thanksgiving Day is coming, and it is a wonderful reminder about the power of the words, “thank you.” It seems a shame that anything important in your life can pass you by without a simple “thank you.” But proper gratitude seems to be in short supply these days.

So many people come in and out of your life, and they are all part of forming who and what you are – part of making life easier or helping you through tough times…your family, friends, mentors and co-workers, food servers, mail carriers, firefighters, police officers and repairmen.

A simple and heartfelt “thank you” can be a powerful thing.

In scripture there are many stories of people being healed, but the one I want to share with you deals with ten lepers and their feelings on gratitude.

Luke 17:11-19

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Some theologians are convinced this story is in scripture less because of the healings and more because of the showing of gratitude from the one leper. You see, the healing wasn’t as noteworthy as the “thank you.”

We don’t talk about books much on this show, but I would like you to think about picking up a copy of a book that looks at gratitude from an interesting perspective…maybe even a good gift for Christmas.

The book was published back in 2011 and is titled “A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life.” Make no mistake, the book is not a “Christian book” per se, but a book filled with many truths none-the-less.

The book was written by John Kralik, who “at age 53, found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer; he was 40 pounds overweight; his girlfriend had just broken up with him; and overall, his dearest life dreams–including hopes of upholding idealistic legal principles and of becoming a judge–seemed to have slipped beyond his reach.

Then, during a desperate walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.

Inspired by a beautiful, simple note his ex-girlfriend had sent to thank him for his Christmas gift, John imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes. To keep himself going, he set himself a goal–come what may–of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year.

One by one, day after day, he began to hand write thank yous–for gifts or kindnesses he’d received from loved ones and coworkers, from past business associates and current foes, from college friends and doctors and store clerks and handymen and neighbors, and anyone, really, absolutely anyone, who’d done him a good turn, however large or small.

Immediately after he’d sent his very first notes, significant and surprising benefits began to come John’s way–from financial gain to true friendship, from weight loss to inner peace. While John wrote his notes, the economy collapsed, the bank across the street from his office failed, but thank-you note by thank-you note, John’s whole life turned around. “ (From Amazon.com)

John even mentions the Jesus Christ show in his book and was kind enough to write a note of thanks to producer Neil some years ago.

What I want you to take from John Kralik’s journey is not that gratitude is magical like some “new age” self-help book, but that honest gratitude towards the people whom touch your life, no matter how small, deserve to be acknowledged and thanked.

God honors gratitude…God honors those who are thankful…

Psalm 118:24

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
And it’s not just about being grateful in the good times but also in the bad times…

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

So as you go through life, be like the one leper of the ten who came back to thank me for his healing…be like John Kralik, the author of the book, “A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life.” And thank those who touch your life in some way…no matter how big or how small.

Psalm 50:23

“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”

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American Red Cross Disaster Relief – Philippines

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