We’re the third generation to hang it in our home: the gratefulness plate. We hung it in the middle of our “new” home, a little old cottage-like house, which we’re renovating as time and resources allow. While we’re a long way from completion, we’ve learned there are some things more valuable in a home that what initially meets the eye. And. From generation to generation, our family has handed down the message to be grateful regardless of the circumstances we face. Those who came before us faced death of children, loss of homes, loss of health, and even loss of freedom. Yet. We look backwards and know they chose to be grateful. The plate is a reminder to make each day great by giving thanks and being grateful:
. . .In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward (I Thessalonians 5:18, NAS).
Those who are convinced life is received from God are authentically grateful.
Even so. When our living conditions are difficult, when we’ve been wronged, when we hurt more than ever, when we are dissatisfied, when it seems no one cares, it becomes a challenge to be grateful. The thing is . . . gratefulness changes the way we perceive life . . . and manage the day. Gratefulness is a way of life, an art and an attitude, changing the way we live. We have the choice to make it a great day simply by giving thanks and being grateful.
- Give thanks in everything–it will change you.
- Make gratefulness a part of your legacy, it will change others.
Learning to Kickstart the day, making it a great day by giving thanks and being grateful,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)