The “calculus” of gratitude is a quite difficult math to master. I wonder why that’s so true? Could it be that we feel such entitlement instead of humility when we count our blessings? Does self-centeredness crowd out an others-focused life. Are we interminably into ourselves? Or maybe we just like to complain.
Here’s one thing I know about gratitude: it’s learned. I’ve never seen a grateful baby; have you? It takes years to teach them about being thankful, but the beautiful thing about learning gratitude is where it takes us…a place called contentment. Contentment begins with gratitude or it never gets out of the gate. No gratitude, no contentment.
Surely gratitude is on God’s top-five list for our lives. He desires peace for us, and peace originates and flows out of gratefulness. Gratitude turns us into a life-giver, a dream-releaser, a hope-enhancer, and a cheerleader for others. It diminishes our obsession with ourselves, changes desperation into hope, anger into joy, fear into faith, doubt into trust, and confusion into clarity. Gratitude is the inner grin behind an outward smile. With gratitude we can enjoy life, not endure it; do you know the difference between the two?
What’s the most important thing you’ve ever learned? Chew on that for a while. Reach down deep inside and flip on the light in the rooms of your soul. Look on the shelves of your emotions and in the cabinets of your memories. Your search will reveal a lot of things that perhaps you’ve long since overlooked or forgotten, but my guess is that for many of us, gratitude is something we need to pull out, dust off, and put on the mantle of our soul. It deserves a prominent place. It’s how we become the best versions of ourselves. It also makes us look a lot like Jesus.
Did you know that complaining can actually make you dumber and a gratitude-attitude can make you smarter? For real. Check out this LINK and enjoy! Oh, by the way, have a GRATEful day!