November 30, 2020

Gratitude: a Blessed Attitude


"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."--1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (KJV)


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It’s hard to give thanks in everything. Is it reasonable to ask a person to rejoice when life is in an upheaval? Really? Religious tradition gives us the answer:

  • Many of the Psalms were simple praises to the Lord. History shows us the writers of the Psalms lived troubled lives in troubled times.
  • Judaism commemorates many holy days, as directed by God. Current events have never been allowed to interfere. The Jewish religion continues to overcome challenges of every kind.

How does praise and gratitude relate to us today? Here are two biblical aspects:

Gratitude… not for traumatic circumstances, but for the fact that we’re surviving them

Thankfulness…not for our imperfect lives, but for our perfect God, who is on our side

Quotes on Being Thankful at All Times from

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”--Henry Ward Beecher


“The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.”--Hannah Whitall Smith


"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."--Charles Dickens


“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”--Thornton Wilder


“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”—Epicurus


“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”--Germany Kent


“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”—Epictetus

My Conclusion

Please enjoy this darling video made by the Davies family. Their young family has revised the lyrics to “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.

Are you practicing an attitude of gratitude?

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