Today I’m grateful for the opportunity to live the day, thanking God for the gift of every minute and moment, knowing God is the giver of time. I’m determined to be aware of the gift of the day itself, thanking God for the moments strung together from morning to night.
Gratefulness is as much as an attitude as a behavior and words. When my attitude becomes more of a reaction than a conviction, when it’s more about getting my way than impacting others, when it’s about self and not Christ, I’ve missed the opportunity of the moment and the gift of the day.
When you get down to it, my attitude today will heal or harm, encourage or discourage, inspire or deflate, initiate hope or hopelessness. It’s a matter of whether self or the Spirit of God drives my attitude:
Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:23-24, NLT).
The choice to ask the Spirit of God to renew each thought and attitude, changes the way the day is lived. I’m convinced gratefulness is key to making the choice of responding to the day through the presence and power of God rather than through my limited perspective.
Intentionally giving God a simple “thank-you” for each moment will miraculously change the atmosphere of the day.
“God, I Thank You!”
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)