As I reflect on having an “attitude of gratitude” and all that I have to be thankful, I cannot help but wonder about the meaning of the words. Like so many things in this life attitude is a choice. One dictionary says attitude is “a settled way of thinking or feeling, typically reflected in a person’s behavior”. Of Gratitude it says “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Notice there are two parts…two actions…in the definition of gratitude. When I think an attitude of gratitude I cannot not help but think of the words of Jesus in Acts 20:35. “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Today I am thankful God has given me a dear husband with a giving heart…that we might be a blessing to others by sharing what God has given us by showing random acts of kindness to others. What better way to show our gratitude (and Jesus in us) than by being kind to the people we encounter in our daily lives? Gratitude is an attitude of choice. Choice is made on purpose. May I always have an attitude of gratitude to the fullest extent of the definition so others see Jesus in me.
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Until next time…Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. Psalm 147:7,8