Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

An Attitude of Gratitude

Have you ever found that sometimes it’s far easier to grumble and complain than to accept what is and be grateful for it?  I certainly have.  It takes an intentional mindset to simply resolve to be thankful rather than discontented.

Some circumstances we can do something about.  For instance, we may get frustrated with ourselves because we’d like to lose weight.  In reality, there’s an action on our part that can change those ugly numbers on the scale.

However, many times in life there are situations beyond our control.  It is in those times that it is prudent to give thanks to God while placing our concerns in God’s hands.

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

Then, there’s just a general attitude of life.  Have you ever met someone that had such a sour expression and just exuded such discontent?  I certainly have.  Are those people happy?  No!  And they make everyone around them unhappy as well!  Who wants to be around a sour puss?  Life is too short to see the glass half empty all the time!

Did you know that you can do most anything you set your mind to?  It’s true.  If you have a made up mind to change, with God’s help, you can do it!  Today, you can decide that from this day forward you will stop complaining all the time and, instead, thank God for the positive things around you.  Thank God for waking you up this morning, for giving you breath in your body, for full function of your limbs, for your family, for resources, for provision, for the hope of Glory!  There are countless blessings we can praise God for!  And, before long, you will see a pattern forming.  Your heart will be full of happiness when gratitude is in your soul and expressed through your lips!  It is hard to stay disgruntled and upset when your heart is thankful.  Ponder that for a moment.

You can either dwell on all the things that aren’t right about your world or you can determine to focus on the good things that God has blessed you with.  Perhaps there are some things you can change to make your world better.  In the meantime, cultivating an attitude of gratitude will bring tremendous fulfillment to your life!

A tool that can help you to do this is a notebook where you write all the things you’re thankful for.  Keeping a journal of answered prayer is also a great reminder of God’s blessings and increases our faith.

When we are constantly grateful to God for His many blessings, for the sunshine, for the rain, for another breath to live … don’t you think it’s His good pleasure to further bless us?

“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” ~ Psalm 34:1-4

 

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