We just celebrated Thanksgiving here in the USA. I know that it’s not always easy to be thankful when you are facing customer deadlines, monies to make payroll, co-workers’ complaints, and trying to fit in some time for your spouse, and children.

Like many of us, I run the risk of getting too wrapped up in what I don’t yet have that I might not focus on what I do have. With that in mind, I tried to step back this past weekend and consider my favorite quotes about thankfulness. May these encourage you as they do me.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” ― Paul

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks”. ― Unknown

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has
cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ― Albert Schweitzer

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” ―Gerald Good

“Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” ― David

“It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.” ― Roberto Benigni

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those
which he has.” ― Epictetus

“When things are bad, be thankful…they are not as bad as they could be.” ― Dixie Waters

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you
in Christ Jesus” ― Paul

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” ― Doris Day

“Have the wisdom to perceive all there is to be thankful for, and then be thankful for the wisdom
to perceive things so clearly.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have
roses.” ― Alphonse Karr

“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” ― Paul



PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for other 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.

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