Having an Attitude of Gratitude
As you read this article, take a moment to answer the following question, “Is there a reason for me to be thankful today?” If you are alive to read the question, then you have a reason for rejoicing! It may not always seem that way when troubles press in on you, but as long as you are alive, you have the opportunity to change your life and move forward.
One of the most important gifts of all is life, and it was given to you by the Lord. Sometimes we forget the generosity of a loving God. After all, He doesn’t need us and did not have to create us in the first place. Yet he wished to share His blessings and so created man in His own image so that He could shower man with love. And even when man first betrayed God in the Garden of Eden, God continued to love and protect mankind. He forgave us our faults and sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to give us guidance and grant us forgiveness! And God continues to do this, even though we often forget to be grateful for His kindness.
Now think back over the previous month. Have you lived in Gratitude? Have you remembered and acknowledged God’s grace and goodwill in your life? It’s easy to forget our many blessings when we are stressed, but we need to re-evaluate our lives during these moments. When your job stresses you, thank God that you are employed. When your children talk back, praise God for giving you healthy children. Even when you are going through a painful separation or quarrel, remember that God is there for you, and be thankful that He is there to pull you through.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
- Colossians 3:15
When we have an attitude of gratitude, we soon discover that we attract greater good in our lives. Be grateful for all of the good that the Lord has granted you, and you will soon reap even greater blessings. As you read this article, be grateful for the gift of sight and the opportunity you had to learn to read and learn. Giving thanks to God for all of the many daily blessings in your life – shelter, food, your senses, friends and family – opens your heart to all the good you have and enables you to appreciate and share your blessings. Sharing those blessings and being grateful for them brings you closer to God.
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and power
and the glory and majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours…
In your hands are strength and power
To exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
And praise your glorious name.”
- 1 Chronicles 29:11-13
So as you move through your days and weeks, keep your eyes on the goodness of God and recognize that He has, in His generosity and love, given you far more than anyone else can ever give you. Find the blessings in every situation and you will develop an attitude of gratitude for the many physical, material, emotional and spiritual blessings that have been given by God, the source of all good in our lives. Each day, show your gratitude to God and thank Him with all your heart.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
- Colossians 3:17
Robert Moment is a Christian business coach , speaker, and author of newly published book ,
God Will Always Be There For You.
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