Lately I've been learning more about how powerful gratitude is. It seems it's the best remedy for just about every negative thought or attitude.
Maybe that's why God said to "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thess. 5:18)
Obviously thankfulness helps us combat complaining and grumbling. But I've also been seeing it work for -
- impatience: instead of wanting something NOW, give thanks that God knows the perfect timing for me.
- a critical spirit: rather than picking apart some thing or someone, thank God for it (or them) and for how He's working in and through it (or them)
- sorrow & grief: when my heart is breaking, thank my Father that He knows my pain, that He is my Healer, that my sorrow is only temporary because one day He will wipe away all my tears.
- worry: instead of fretting about things I can't change, give thanks that my Heavenly Father is in control of all things, and that HE can change anything!
These are just a few of the ways I've been trying to practice gratitude lately. I know it's so simple, I've heard it for years, but I thought it was just something I SHOULD do.
Now I think I'm finally beginning to see what a precious gift it is. Not that it's always easy, but when I do give thanks, it always brings good results in my heart and mind. Like God said in Psalm 50:23:
"He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”
Giving thanks honors God, but it also prepares our hearts for more of Him.
The passage about gratitude that continues to stand out in my mind is Colossians 2:6-7:
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
I don't want to just give thanks at meals or when someone reminds me I should. I want to OVERFLOW with thankfulness!
Lord, make it so. Amen.
Whatever you're experiencing today, I pray you'll have a joyful Easter, OVERFLOWING with gratitude to our Lord Jesus for His love and power!