I received a text on my phone today yesterday with a message of encouragement that was totally unexpected and exactly what I needed at the time. It only takes a few minutes to lift up and encourage another person, and yet those few moments could be a breath of life to the person on the receiving end!
Expressing gratitude and living a life of gratitude is a real art that we all could learn to cultivate! A note, a text or a card may not seem like a big deal, but in an often impersonal world, the impact can be significant.
Why I am making such a big deal about this? It seems to me, that as a society, we often lose touch with this graceful art of gratitude. In this “what’s in it for me”, entitlement world, gratitude often gets pushed right out the door. Even Jesus himself expressed complete surprise at the lack of gratitude in his day. In one of the gospel accounts Jesus healed ten lepers and only one of the came back to thank Him. He basically asked what happened to the other nine. Didn’t He heal them too?
Maybe you feel a little unappreciated or undervalued yourself lately. I don’t know about you, but pity parties have never helped me get very far, even though they may feel good at the moment. The truth is I don’t have to look long or hard to find people that have it worse than I do on any given day. When I begin to think about what is right with my life instead of what is wrong, I have a huge shift in my thinking and even my attitude.
Gratitude! I am fairly convinced it is a better way to go. It opens our heart to possibilities and people. It instantly puts us in a different attitude and mental space. When we are grateful, we become gracious and giving people. Who doesn’t want to be around that kind of person? I believe that when we become grateful, what we really discover is that the more we are grateful, the more we have to be grateful for. Thanks friend for the needed reminder!