Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
If you had to rate yourself on a scale of one to ten, how grateful are you? Do you express your thankfulness to Jesus on a regular basis or only on holidays? And how well do you convey thanks to others?
This past New Year’s Day I was reading the newspaper and I noticed an article on gratitude. The article spoke of a gentleman who conveyed thanks every day by hand writing a short note to an individual who had served him. Needless to say I was awed. He wrote a note of thanks every day! I began to think how often I showed or even stated, “Thank you,” and I realized I fell very short.
I was reminded of the above verse which states to give thanks always. So, I decided to implement gratitude in my life.
Every day I began to thank Jesus for one thing, person, or event and I kept track of it by listing it on a calendar. I have started to hand write short notes of appreciation once a week to someone in my life who has served me or just showed care for me.
I have even become more cognizant of the waiters at restaurants, customer service representatives, landscapers or those that regularly provide a service for me and say, “Thank you.”
It’s a beginning and I still struggle with communicating gratitude, but I’m glad I have begun to exercise this “command” in my life.
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Do you express gratitude to Jesus on a regular basis? Do you convey thanks to others? Begin to take steps to live a life grateful.
Dearest Jesus, thank you! Thank you for being my God and for loving me. Thank you for the people in my life and the many activities, privileges, and blessings you have given me. I am so grateful and I love you. Amen.
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