On Having a Heart of Gratitude
According to Dictionary.com, gratitude is the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. Most of the time when we say thank you to others is when someone does something for us or if someone says “bless you” after you sneeze. It has become a norm to say thank you without fully meaning and truly being grateful. As women of God, we are called to continuously be thankful for God’s grace and mercy he has shown us and continuously will continuously show us. We should be thankful because God is worthy of our thanksgiving. It is only right to credit Him for “every good and perfect gift” He gives (James 1:17).
Your thankfulness should not only be towards God but those around you as well. We tend to sometimes forget and overlook the people who play a vital role in our lives such as our parents, siblings, friends, pastors, and leaders. Letting them know the impact they have had in your life will not only brighten their day but it will encourage them to continue helping you.
We tend to over complicate “thank you”. It can be as simple as a gift card or text message saying something like, “thank you for being a true friend and for always supporting me”. It is just a way to let others know they are appreciated and all that they do for you is not going unnoticed.
Lastly, when we are thankful, it shifts our focus off ourselves and off our current situation and gives us an opportunity to think about others. When we are thankful it is a constant reminder that God is in control of every aspect of our lives. Being thankful is not only appreciated but it’s also healthy and beneficial in every relationship we have. Also, it is a constant reminder that we belong to God and we’ve been blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).
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