Being Grateful – an important reminder

   Posted by: Wayne Armstrong   in Straight Talk

A simple thank you goes a long way. I keep thinking about how many people are so trapped in their thinking about what they don’t have. The big screen TV that their neighbor has, the cars, the houses etc.

I came from Africa where poverty is rampant. I now live in the US where poverty of a different kind is rampant. There is a poverty of thankfulness for all the blessings that we have here. I have a house, thank you Lord. I have a lovely wife and two wonderful boys, Thank you Lord. I have food on the table and a Christmas tree, Thank you Lord. I have family, extended family and church family who choose to share their love and their lives with me, Thank you Lord.

I have clean water, heat in the winter and electricity, Thank you Lord. I get to touch peoples lives with hope and blessing and share experiences with friends.

If you do not know what it means to be grateful and thankful take a trip to Zimbabwe for a year. Go without Water for Days on end. Go without electricity and have an erratic power schedule. Go to the store and find nothing of value on the shelves and what you can find is 3 times the price here in the US while earning  1/100th of what you would in the US if you are lucky enough to have a job.

All my years growing up there, while we may not have had everything we wanted we could always share a smile, share some love, have a meal together and laugh.

Reality Check : Lets get back to the basics. Loving family and friends and sharing life is a great way to live. we dont need all the stuff that America craves. If we can connect with our creator and each other we will find a depth of life that brings great joy and celebration.

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5 comments so far


I am so grateful that you are helping me with the Ubranding Class 2 call!!! Thanks a ton!

December 29th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

You are welcome. It will be great to see everyone benefit by everyones wisdom.

December 29th, 2008 at 6:03 pm
Amanda Fedisson

I was on the call last night for Ufirst. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom. I was drawn to your site. I Love it!
I absolutely love this blog about being grateful. So many people are so caught up in material things, they forget how wonderful we have it. I thank God everyday for the things that I have. Even when things seem bad, they are not so bad. I always think that when something happens that isn’t exactly what I want, it’s because God has something better in store for me.
I haven’t always been this way. I owe most of my attitude to Joel Osteen. Have you ever heard of him? He is a minister on TV. I am so inspired by him, he makes me want to be a great person. I used to look at life as kind of a punishment, now I look at it as a wonderful gift from God. Another thing that changed my life is a book called “Embraced by the Light. I read it many years ago when my grandmother passed away. It is a true story about a woman who died and came back to life to tell her story of what happened when she died. I really feel that I was guided by angels to that book. I was really upset that my grandmother died and wanted to know what happened to her. That was when my life changed drastically. I used to be afraid of death, now I look forward to going home.
There are reasons why I didn’t have the greatest outlook on life, but I won’t bore you with my life story. Anyway, I wanted to tell you how much I love your site and your words of wisdom. Thank you!

God Bless,

December 30th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

You are such a blessing. I have not read embraced by the light yet. I have heard some good things about it. Yes I have heard about Joel, I have seen him on TV a couple of times, a nice guy with a heart for God. If you are interested try get a copy of Supernatural Ways of Royalty. I think it has an important message for your heart to hear.
I pray you feel the gentle touch of the Fathers love as you sit and read this. May the Holy Spirit search your wounded heart and bring the sweetness of His healing and restoration. May he breathe life into you sorrow and bring Joy. May His goodness overwhelm you as you enter into this new year.


December 30th, 2008 at 3:50 pm
Amanda Fedisson

Thank you, your words brought tears to my eyes and warming to my heart.

I plan to get a copy of the book you recommended.

Thank you,

December 30th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

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