I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands. Psalms 92:4 (NASB)
Living gratefully does not come naturally – it’s a discipline we have to consider important enough to adopt. Studies prove that grateful people sleep better, are more physically active, and have lower blood pressure. One would argue that if living gratefully is an improvement in one’s quality of life, then why doesn’t everyone live this way?
The Bible tells us ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want….’ (Psalms 23). But that’s just it…. we has human beings ALWAYS want and we always will. We want for food, money, love, power, and many other things. Does living gratefully mean that we shouldn’t want? And if we do want, does that mean that we don’t trust in the Lord? Maya Angelou once said that ‘people will forget what you once said, people will forget what you once did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’. This makes me think about all of the times that I didn’t live gratefully. All of the times that I wasn’t the inspiration that I should have been. All of the times that I didn’t behave as the leader that I should have been. These past couple of weeks I’ve been examining this in my everyday life. I’ve taken a step back and from an observation standpoint I was able to see those users and abusers, those quiet and timid thinkers, those polite and giving believers, and those that fall few and far between. I think that if we begin living our lives gratefully then we must have an understanding that He is going to provide for us all the things that we need and want; all in His timing. We are all alike in this way even though we are different in so many others. ‘Let your lives be built on him…and you will overflow with thankfulness’ (Colossians 2:7). By trying to live this way and make this a habit I’ve found that I am at peace more than before both spiritually and personally. Now I am not saying that you should begin judging those around you and shut yourself off from those that are not like minded. You should always be grateful for every relationship for they are growing just as you are. You just may find more to talk about in your daily discussions with Him 😉
Let’s do an exercise.
- What are you grateful for?
- What can you do to live gratefully?
- How can you inspire others to live gratefully?
Quote of the day: (Sorry guys, I couldn’t choose between the two)
“The seeds of depression will never take root in a grateful heart!” -Andy Andrews
“Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly… lead the way!” -Dr. Steve Maraboli