This article is one of the Unity Classics written by legendary leaders of Unity. Some date back decades, even a century. That’s why the language may seem a bit formal, and the writers sometimes used masculine nouns and pronouns that were considered proper for their era.

Do you look at your life and long for it to be different, to be better?

You take an important step toward having the kind of life you long to have by establishing the habit of giving thanks.

Do not wait to give thanks until every prayer is answered.

Do not wait to give thanks until things are perfect.

Give thanks where you are, in the present set of circumstances, in the conditions in which you find yourself. Give thanks for life; give thanks for this day at hand. Give thanks for the opportunities to grow and learn.

Your attitude of thankfulness lifts you out of any feeling of depression, out of any feeling of loneliness.

Give thanks to God and look at life with a thankful spirit. In your heart say: Here I am, Lord. I open my heart to You. I offer my life to You. I come to You thankfully, joyously. Guide me, bless me, lead me with Your light.

About the Author

Martha Smock (1913–1984) was involved with Unity from birth and eventually served as editor of Daily Word® for 33 years, also writing extensive articles and poems. She frequently emphasized our spiritual nature and the divine power within each of us. To read more, see the book Fear Not: Messages of Assurance or order the free booklet Messages We Need to Hear.


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