Last week I shared a post about expressing gratitude. On Thursday, we will celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. So today, I wanted to say I am grateful.
Gratitude is something to be expressed. It is not something to keep inside of us. It is great that we have this day of Thanksgiving to share our gratefulness. But with the holiday fast approaching it is easy to let the day come and go without actually expressing our gratitude. We are busy getting all the grocery shopping done, preparing to take a few days off of work, traveling to be with family, watching the parade or football on the TV, cooking the dinner, eating the dinner, planning a strategy for Black Friday shopping, and traveling home. In the midst of all that, where do we take the time to express our gratitude?
So I am taking the time today. And I would like to encourage you to do the same. Verbalize your gratitude. Express it in writing. Express it with your words. Make a list of 10 things for which you are thankful. Write it down. If you are inclined, share it in the comments below. But don’t keep your list to yourself.
Here is my list:
- I am grateful for my wife and family.
- I am grateful for my church family, all the great people who serve the Lord in this place.
- I am grateful to serve as a Pastor – that I get to serve God for a living.
- I am grateful to be able to connect with so many people in so many places through Greater Things Today. I am grateful that you are reading this.
- I am grateful for the opportunity to have travelled to many different places and experience many different things.
- I am grateful for mentors along the way.
- I am grateful to live in the United States. I am grateful for our freedom, and those who gave their lives for our freedom.
- I am grateful to live in such an amazing time where technology makes possible things that have been impossible.
- I am grateful for a home to live in and the possessions to go along.
- I am grateful for Jesus and the grace I don’t deserve.
How did you do? Did you find the exercise to be easy or difficult? If you found it easy, then your gratitude attitude is in good shape. If you found it difficult to identify ten things for which you are grateful, then consider that you may need to exercise your gratitude a bit more. Some of us are much better at complaining than we are at expressing gratitude.
The best way to develop gratitude is to express it. If you don’t use it, you will lose it. If you are not grateful for what you already have, you will never be grateful for what you don’t have. Gratitude has nothing to do with how much or how little you have. So if you found this little exercise to be difficult then consider making it part of your devotion time each day. Make a commitment to build your gratitude muscle a little each day. The more you express gratitude, the easier it becomes.
Questions for Reflection
- Why is it important to express gratitude?
- Why do we often find it difficult to express gratitude?
- How do you overcome ungratefulness?
- Make your list of 10 things for which you are grateful.
- Share your comments.