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by | Jan 15, 2011 | Uncategorized

Be Grateful

Some people ask for signs to show up in their lives to guide them on the way. This summer on the Interstate, just south of Grand Forks, a sign caught our eye…more than once.

“BE GRATEFUL” was posted close to the traffic whizzing by. I was encouraged that someone had spent money to communicate a very important message, in the middle of the summer, in the midst of a drought.

Farmers are a pretty thankful lot, despite all the jokes in the press about whining and complaining. I’ve met many prairie people this year who are grateful for their families who continue to toil and create opportunities with a thankful heart. Are you thankful for living in peace, eating well, and being deeply cherished?

I’ve also heard sad tales of grandparents being denied access to their grandkids, and sons who just can’t share the bounty of what their parents intended.

It really comes down to making a choice, doesn’t it? We choose to bless others by our love and actions, and we intentionally verbally affirm those who fill our emotional bank account. “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds,” says Isaiah [3:10] (NIV).

Psychologists suggest that thankful people are emotionally healthy in more cases than those who chose to be hard of heart, and tight-fisted with their appreciation.

Regardless of whether the pasture is fair or poor, and the bins are full or lacking, choose to be grateful as you plan your next move for your family and business.

Blessings to you all for a wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving. Remember, strong families celebrate!

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This article was originally published by Bayer CropScience in Farm Forum magazine. Posted with permission

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