Karl Menninger once was asked what action he would recommend if a person were to feel a nervous breakdown coming on. "Lock up your house," the famous psychiatrist advised, "go across the tracks and find someone in need and do something for him."
One reason this kind of action is effective in battling depression is that it takes the focus off yourself and indirectly causes you to become aware of how much you have to be thankful for.
When this happens, and when you express your gratitude to others and to God, things change for the better.
I recently read a business publication by Joanna Krotz indicating that saying "thank you" can give you an edge in the marketplace. She said, " So few people express appreciation - a Lenox etiquette poll found that nearly five out of every 10 people don't always say thanks - that remembering to do so is a sales point of difference. It also goes a long way toward forging the relationships that can turn into opportunities."
Clearly, the return of common courtesies in the marketplace would be a welcome and productive development.
But the most important reason for saying thanks is not found so much in its effect on others. but in its effect in us.
In 2 Chronicles 20:21, Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, appointed singers to go before the army and sing this mighty hymn of praise, "Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever." As they sang, the Lord fought for them and gave them a great victory.
Next Wednesday evening, many churches in our area will join together to sing praise and to give thanks to God. The public is invited. We will meet at Forestview Middle School in Baxter for a one-hour Thanksgiving service. There you will be given an opportunity to join with your neighbors and family members in thanking God for his rich blessings on our lives.
We will take an offering for the Salvation Army Food Shelf and Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen that night. These organizations have found people with needs. We all want to help. We expect a great victory as we do.
Thanks for reading, and remember, "Don't let worry kill ya off. Let the church help."
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