Gratitude

Garden Urn and Gazebo with BloomsThankfulness and appreciation

Gratitude is the best attitude.  ~Author Unknown

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. Cicero

He enjoys much who is thankful for little. A grateful mind is a great mind. Thomas Secker

     We take much for granted and do not appreciate the many reasons we have for being grateful. If we look around, we will find many reasons. If that does not work, look at other places in the world and be humbled with profound gratefulness. There is much more room at the bottom of the prosperity pile than there is at the top. There is much more going well for us than against us. We do have our reasons for being grateful.

     It is much easier to see the faults in others than taking the time to acknowledge the existence of our own. Being ungrateful is no different. When we do something special or nice for others we expect acknowledgement or gratitude. It is a sign of good upbringing and manners to express gratitude. If none is shown we quickly notice the absence of any signs of appreciation. When our children fail to show gratitude, we promptly correct them and instruct them of their omission. How often are we guilty of failing to express appropriate gratitude? How many times a day do we have opportunities as well as reasons for saying “thank you”? The words should easily flow from our lips. It should be such an easy thing to remember to do and to say. It is inexcusable.

    Life travels at a fast pace. It is full of demands, pressures, deadlines, frustrations and a myriad of things that wear us out and down. We often get into some bad habits of not doing the good things we were taught by our parents. We forget manners, politeness, kindness, and being thankful. There is something amiss with our priorities when we forget to do these important and basic things. We are “fouling up big time” and not living life as we should. We have forgotten something important. The rat race has us and we are in its grips.  

     Ungrateful people have issues. The person who knows to be grateful and does not take time to express gratitude needs some serious soul searching. A person lacking gratitude is a person who “lacking” in the strict sense of the word. Another very important aspect of gratitude is; the grateful tend to be blessed with more reasons for being grateful, while those who are ungrateful want to cry, “why me?” We need to give important values and principles such as gratitude higher priorities in our lives.

Challenge:  How often do you say “thank you” or find reasons to be grateful for the good things in your life? If for some reason you have no reason to be grateful you are truly misfortunate. If you have reasons and are not doing this, shame on you. You are shortchanging your development as a mature and responsible person. This is easy to improve. Start saying “thank you”. Look for reasons. You will find them. Say thank you!

Wisdom: The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.   Eric Hoffer

Spiritual: (NIV)

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High. Ps. 92:1

And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to the Father. Colossians 3:17

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Those that truly understand what God has done for them; cannot be anything but grateful. The most powerful force in the universe unconditionally loves each of us and desires nothing but the best for us. He is the perfect parent in every way. If we could comprehend his love and how much he wants us to be joyful and happy in our lives, we would be brought to our knees and humbled in shame because of our ingratitude.

Prayer: Help me to be aware of the many ways in which I am blessed. Help me to be able to say “thank you”.

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