Unlimited: Make Gratitude a Habit
Sep 17, 2020 886
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Col 3:17, NIV).
I can give you a sure recipe for how to be miserable twenty-four hours a day: think of yourself. People are miserable because they focus on themselves; because they’re not grateful.
If one person in ten ever thanks you, you should thank God, for you’re being treated as well as Jesus in the story recorded in Luke 17:11-19. There can be no worse leprosy than ingratitude.
Who are you? A child of the King! What gratitude this deserves! You and I should be in the habit of thanking God constantly and continuously through every day.
I once saw a cartoon about two people who say to God, “Lord, is it true that a million years to you are just as a second?” The answer comes down, “That’s true.” Then the other person says, “And, Lord, is it true that a million dollars to you are just like a penny?” “Yes,” resounds the answer. “Then, Lord, give us a penny!” they both cry. And the answer comes back: “Wait a second.”
Just think about it: it takes the omnipotent love of God just to cope with our selfishness. Gratitude is the opposite of selfishness. Gratitude is outgoing, selfishness is ingoing.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Like most good things, it doesn’t come naturally. So have some fun today. Say to yourself now, “By the power vested in me, I proclaim this to be Gratitude Day, and I will show Gratitude in some way to every person I meet.” At the end of the day, review how your day went.