What Gratitude Does

I’ve never met a thankful person who had a bad day.

Ungratefulness is like a blindness that leads us down the path of depravity until we’re trapped in the clutches of entitlement.

Take today and start thanking God for the minutia in your life. It changes attitudes quickly. When I start putting my life in context of the rest of the world, I come face to face with how ungrateful I really am. Every problem I have is a First World problem. Which calls me from wallowing in self pity to engaging with the mission of God for my life in the kingdom.

God, thank you for this glass of water.

God, thank you for this light switch and the lightbulb on the other end.

God, thank you for this countertop, this stove top, this table top.

When I’m having really “bad days,” I actually touch everything I’m thanking God for, this way my prefrontal cortex and my physical body are making the connections about what my spirt is trying to remind my flesh of: that I’m blessed beyond belief.

Once gratefulness has a firm seat in your heart, you can approach the mission of God for your life without the need to get anything from it for yourself. You’re simply concerned with one thing:

What does God get out of my day today?

And a close second:

What do others get out of my day today?

  • WayneBatson

    Thank you, my friend, for another great encouragement. Honestly, if we really tried to count all our blessings, it would take all day. So many things God has blessed us with: the chair I’m sitting in, the computer I’m typing on, the Net service that lets me get online, the drink on my table, the cat fuzzling around my ankle…

    And all of that is just in this solitary moment. There’s more. Much more. Thank you, Jesus!

    • Thanks, Wayne. I just saw an image yesterday of a little boy in Syria sleeping between his two parents…

      …his two parents were buried in shallow graces of pebbles.

      Kinda put everything else in perspective.

  • Beautifully said! Gratitude truly makes you happier. Have you read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp? It’s more of a girl book . . . your beautiful wife might really enjoy it. 🙂 Ann Voskamp has a special way with words and really makes you think about gratitude for every day, all day. It’s a beautiful book and one I highly recommend looking at. Her website is great too! http://www.aholyexperience.com/

    As always, thank you for sharing. ~1 Thessalonians 5:18

    • Thank you, my dear. And I haven’t read that book, but I follow her posts from time to time. She’s gifted indeed. Grateful for you!

  • I’m thankful for you.

    • Thanks, friend. All feelings mutual. (Sorry I was late to the game here).

  • Thanks, friend. All feelings mutual. (Sorry I was late to the game here).