This is the 17th day of intentional gratefulness. While gratefulness is an intentional discipline, this forty-day exercise is about the commitment to a God-driven directive to break free of the tyranny and power of circumstances. Yet. For most of us, the urge to complain never completely goes away.
The thing is . . . ingratitude is prevalent in this era . . . and is one of the most destructive attitudes in our own life and the world around us.
I’m not denying that there are frustrating and down-right difficult things to manage in life. But. I’ve learned gratefulness comes from the awareness of the presence of God rather than our circumstances. And. When we know the presence of God, we know the power of God breaks through whatever has its grip on our life, bringing us to our knees, blown away with gratefulness.
In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
Isn’t Bonhoeffer’s statement incredible? It’s not our possessions, position, or power but gratefulness which will make our life rich. It’s why the Apostle Paul made it clear to the Early Church giving thanks is not based on circumstances but is the will of God.
. . . Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (I Thessalonians 5:18, TNIV).
Sometimes we need to stop in the midst of it all . . . calling out our thanks . . . saying, “Thank you.” So. Today, I give thanks for our family, including our little ones soon to join us, recognizing the gift of one another.
- Live rich.
- Stop and give thanks.
- Be grateful at all times.
Day 17 of 40-days of intentional gratefulness: The rich are the ones who are grateful!
Learning to Kickstart each day with gratefulness,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)