Hmmm… Grandpa, the Seven Dwarfs, and Thankfulness

Grandpa Irving “Happy” Branning

If someone gave you the choice to be one of the Seven Dwarfs for a day, which one would you pick? I would imagine many would choose to be Doc, the wise-looking leader of this band of small statured  miners. Some might wish to be Dopey, the clumsy class clown, while others might prefer to be Bashful, the cute, shy one. However, I do not picture many wanting to be Grumpy, the one who always wears a frown on his face. Hmmm… how about Happy? Now there is a runt of a man with an attitude of gratitude, always joyous with laughter, a guy who reminds me of my Grandpa (that is him at left) whose nickname was Happy.  He too, displayed an attitude of gratitude. Dictionary.com describes gratitude as the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. Henry Ward Beecher, the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe said, “The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” Hmmm… gratitude may be an attitude but it is also a choice. Both Grumpy and Happy knew there was a choice, to acknowledge the many delightful blessings each day holds or turn a blind eye to them. However, Happy understood our thankfulness is not dependent on our degree of happiness, but our degree of happiness is dependent on our thankfulness. Knowing this secret gave Happy a joyous and thankful heart. Psalm 100 gives us another secret to a thankful heart – the LORD God who showers us with the heavenly blessings – for without an object of gratitude; it would be pointless to express our gratitude. So, what dwarf would you choose to be?

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3 thoughts on “Hmmm… Grandpa, the Seven Dwarfs, and Thankfulness

  1. Pingback: In Every Thing Give Thanks! FREE SPECIAL REPORT « JESUS my Lord and Savior

  2. I love this! ” Psalm 100 gives us another secret to a thankful heart – the LORD God who showers us with the heavenly blessings – for without an object of gratitude; it would be pointless to express our gratitude. So, what dwarf would you choose to be?”

    Great lesson for all ages! I can see myself using your story in Sunday school as well!

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