Are You Grateful, Just Happy, Or Neither?

Gratitude and happiness are not one and the same. Anyone can be happy to have achieved a goal, to have come to possess a desired thing, or to have received a gift or won a prize. To experience gratitude in any of these situations requires recognition of some kind of indebtedness: you have benefited from someone(s) in significant ways that made possible your happy circumstance.

We tend to take too much credit for our blessings. We think our inborn positive traits are ours alone. We imagine it is our own determined efforts that enabled us to rise to the top in our particular arena of life, to win! The trophies and accolades we hold on to are supportive evidence of our greatness.

It is absolutely true that most people who do excel in any arena have worked hard. One does not become an Olympic athlete without hard work. One does not earn advanced degrees in college without some hard work. Still, the difference between the winners of an Olympic Gold medal, a Silver medal, a bronze medal, and the competing athlete who did not win a medal at all are not defined by qualities like “desire to win” or “hard work” invested. Certainly, there are innate traits possessed by people who excel in arenas of competition that contribute to excellence over which they have no claim of ownership.

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Church in Corinth made this point as he challenged divisive and sinful attitudes within that church. Warning: these attitudes can be in any church or in people who have never entered any church. We can think too much of ourselves. Here is what he said, “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now, if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7 New King James Version). This is not a rhetorical question limited to an audience 2000 years ago.

This Thanksgiving season I want to encourage you to look deeper. Stop acting as if, in the conception process, you were smart enough to choose from the buffet line of human characteristics that would be yours those which would make you successful and popular. If you are a sober-minded person, you know that there is no such “buffet line” of choice. We are born with our peculiar blend of strengths and weaknesses – which we have been GIVEN. Neither did we get to choose the type family we would be born into or the type community we would grow up in.

Some of us are not grateful for what we have been given because we have always envied those who were given more. The sooner you stop that and choose gratitude for what you DO HAVE, the better off you will be. Believe this: God does not just love the MVP’s of the world. He loves you whether or not you’ve ever won any legitimate trophies. If you know Him, be grateful and live like a Champion, because you are!

I heard it said, “we must play the hand we were dealt.” There is truth in that statement. Instead of envying those with better “hands,” play yours as well as possible. Be thankful that you have a hand to play, that you are here to play at all. Above all, believe the Bible that assures us that our status in eternity will not be based on competition among our fellow human beings, but upon our acceptance of the awesome purchase price for us on the Cross by Jesus, and our surrender to His lordship (1 Corinthians 6:20).

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What Entails the Best Deal on a Car

In a year, most countries sell over seventeen million cars. This means that a lot of people are able to find and then buy their dream cars. It is certain for a person who is ready to purchase a car to get a bit overwhelmed at the thought of negotiating with a sales representative. This is so because purchasing a car is usually a great deal and one feels the need to buy the right car for themselves while at the same time get the best deal possible. It is recommendable that a person to does their homework first before stepping foot into the dealership since this guarantees them of getting the best deal possible.

It is crucial that you pick a firm that understands the type of car you want and at the same knows they should be aware of the cars cost since this will ensure that you will play catchup in front of the salesman. It is usually vital that you are aware of the worth of your vehicle beforehand, before trading it because this will ensure that you get a fair price for it. Since you already know what you talking about it will be quite hard for people to trick you into buying a car at an unfair cost.

It is vital that you get pre-approved first before you do a serious search on the internet or take your dream car for a test drive. By doing this, you will be aware of the number set that you can afford and then shop for it accordingly. This will make sure that a person is not left felling worse because you love a certain car and was able to buy it. If one shops at the right time of, they year, they are likely to save on huge sums of money. One of the ways you can get the dealership is by being knowing the seasons when the prices of cars are going to hike and when they will fall. The seasons you should avoid buying a car so as to get this dealership is during holidays and popular gift buying seasons.

One way to get the dealership is by keeping your phone in your hand since this will makes the dealer to think that you are double checking everything they says and this will make ensure that they are honest with you. One way of getting the dealership is by making sure that you are respectful and not rude to the dealer all the time. By being respectful, you will ensure that you get into the dealership when both you and the dealer have good feelings for each other.

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