Regardless of what we think, how we feel, where we are, or when nothing seems to go right . . . life . . . is to be lived with gratitude. When we understand giving thanks is not to be focused on circumstances but on the Giver of life, we find a new level of peace. Yes. I get it. Life can be downright difficult. As I’ve mentioned numerous times, this year has been marked by all kinds of loss. And, as a pastor, I walk alongside of people who have very difficult daily challenges. Even, so, life is a gift. But. Too often, we take the gift for granted. Or. Worse. We are not grateful for the gift.
Sometimes we need to take a moment and be aware of the most basic personal gifts . . .
every breath . . .
each heart beat . . .
and the experience of life.
Of course, we all want to make our list of things that are going wrong to explain our lack of gratefulness. But. When it comes down to it, ingratitude comes from self-absorption. And. We all must take a look at ourself before we point fingers on the matter of self. Let’s be honest. We get stuck in a form of self-absorption at one time or another.
The thing is . . . the simple act of giving thanks . . . is transforming. Gratefulness is important for our health–body, mind, and soul, changing our perspective and ultimately how we manage the day.
Gratefulness, even for the most simple things, is powerful.
Psalms 100–the Message says it:
On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.
Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.
Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.
For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.
When we take the focus off self, when we look at God rather than our circumstances, when we give thanks, we get on our feet and applaud God in celebration for the gift of life, given through divine and complete generosity.
- Get on your feet.
- Be grateful.
- Use the password all day long: “Thank you!”
Thank God all day long–it will change the way you see and respond to life.
Learning to Kickstart the day with gratefulness,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)