Beautiful Expressions of Gratitude; from the White House to the Homeless: Everyone has something to be Grateful for
We may not understand the impact that gratitude can have upon us or our day. If we begin our day by thinking about what we are grateful for, the entire day can shift. Americans are the top of the wealthiest people when compared to the rest of the world. There is so much to be grateful for. When we hear others sharing what they are grateful, it can also completely shift our perspective as well. For example: the media. When Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently began a White House Press Conferenceby sharing what she was grateful for, she then prompted all the media representatives that were present to share what they were grateful for to ask her a question. When we see the press share what they are grateful for in their lives, we are reminded that they are just like us.
When we think about these moments of being grateful, much can come to mind. But, what about those who don’t have many of the “physical items” that may be thought about? What about the homeless? When the Wally Show got up close and personal with those who were homeless, they were asked what they were grateful for. Many recall family, friends, and the timeless memories of when families were able to come together in the past. Amidst these memories, it can be the simplest things that stand out the most. “I’m thankful to be alive”. “I’m alive and well. The streets haven’t brought me down. I’m alive and still have hope.”
Regardless of who we are, or where we came from, we can be grateful for those that helped to raise us, and to provide for us. Romans 1 highlights how the first phase of judgment comes upon a nation because of their refusal to be grateful. All of us in the VFNtv family are grateful for everyone of you in our audience that connect with us all over the world. We are deeply grateful for you and the opportunity to share so many encouraging and uplifting moments with you. Kid Presidentalso shared a humorous perspective of the many things in our daily lives to be grateful for. Everything from airplanes, to pants, to forgiveness, you’re sure to enjoy this amusing perspective of daily life.
Simply changing your attitude to gratitude brings you to a whole new latitude. When we choose gratitude, we alter our state from depression to hope. Some of the greatest transitions in our lives come when we begin to believe what God says about ourselves. He is grateful for us and sent His Son to die so that we could have the opportunity of being in a relationship with Him. This is outstanding! When you begin to see how other people’s lives were radically transformed when they gave their life to the Lord, you will be encouraged.
Be inspired as you are reminded of the awesome power of gratitude, how gratitude not only impacts our lives, but those around us, as well as a reminder of the simple things in life that we often overlook, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: military service members, health, Kid President, imagination, the internet, funny names, birthday cake, food, happiness, forgiveness, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, faith, and hope. Greg and John shared in this segment.
Christianity’s AMAZING Impact on Women, Education, and Government
When we look across the landscape of the world, we are seeing Christians persecuted at an increasing amount as never before seen in history. In North Korea, Christians experience unimaginable suffering and hardship under the North Korean regime. It’s important to remember that God hears each and everyone of their cries, for their labors for the Kingdom are not in vain. North Korea’s capitol city was not always as seen today. For instance, in the 1940’s, it was known as the “Jerusalem of the East”. Today’s reality of North Korea underscores the effects of what happens when we remove Christianity from society. When we look at America, Christianity has had a tremendous impact on various aspects of culture. By looking at just a few, we can see how profoundly Christianity has paved the way for what we see today.
According to Impact 360 Institute, Christianity has deeply affected the education in Western society. As Jesus spent time with his disciples, who then imparted what Jesus taught them to others, the role of teachers has been passed on through the generations. “Christians founded 106 of the first 108 universities in the U.S.”. Furthermore, the ideas found in our education system, such as” Tax-Supported Public Schools, Kindergarten, Grade Levels, Secondary Schools, Education for the Deaf and the Blind” were all implemented through Christian values.
In America, women experience equality and freedom when likened to their male counterparts. It is not always the same in other parts of the world. Why is this? When we look at women across the world, we can see clearly how Christianity has had profound affects. First, looking at the culture that Jesus was born into, provided its own issues. During that time, women were considered “socially and intellectually inferior. They were not permitted the same rights, privileges, and freedoms that men enjoyed. And, in Jewish culture, women were not permitted to speak in public.” When we look at how Jesus interacted with women in this era, we see that He transcended the expectations of culture. “Not only did he stand against the anti-female culture of His day, He also set a new standard of kindness, compassion, and respect.” It was because of this revolutionary example that we see the involvement of women in the early Church. It cannot be overlooked that in Saudi Arabia, women have just recently been permitted to drive a car.
It is so important that we understand the virtues of freedom and love. When we truly love other people, we will allow them to live in freedom as God created them to be. We will not oppress them. Countries like China are also experiencing harsh treatment for those who are Christians. With China being a Communist country, Christianity is simply not allowed. Socialism has its own comparable oppressive history. As the Church, we must remember that God has called us to GO into all the world. Be encouraged as you see just a handful of extraordinary advances and breakthroughs that have taken place throughout the history of Christianity, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: women’s rights, Christian colleges, Holy Spirit, Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, oppression, Saudi Arabia, persecuted Church, persecution of Christians, and 7 Mountains of Culture. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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