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Tips for living the abundant life

A Coffee from the August 1992 Deep Cove Crier

Does Life Owe Me a Living??

The story is told of two men, Harry and Stan, who have known each other for some time.  Harry has fallen upon hard times and has come to his old friend asking for some help.
"Why come to me?", Stan asks.  "Why should I help you out?  What have you ever done for me?"
"What have I ever done for you?", Harry gasps.  "Why, donít you remember when your house burned down several years ago, and you and your family moved in with me?"
"Yes, I remember.  But..."
"And what about the time your child was in danger of
drowning and I jumped into the lake to rescue him?"
"Yes, but..."
"And how about the time that you lost your job and I gave
you all that money?  Donít you remember?  Iíve done lots for you through the years!"
"Everything you say is true enough", Stan says.  "But what have you done for me lately?"

Many of us have many things to be grateful for: employment, children, family, food on the table, a roof over our head, the forest, the mountains, the beaches, the sunshine.  All these things are wonderful gifts from God.  Prayer is simply a way of saying "Thank you" for all these wonderful gifts.  It  is so easy to grumble and complain.  It takes work to be grateful and thankful for what we have.  When we make the decision to say "thank you", things begin to change in our lives.  When we make the decision to acknowledge our "Higher Power", more peace and contentment can enter our personal lives.  Prayer really changes things, but first it changes us!

Why do many of us have an allergic reaction to thankfulness?  Click to find out moreÖ

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