Giving Thanks To God!

Day 1 of 3 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Let’s cultivate an attitude of gratitude!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes things can rub me the wrong way. In other words, annoy or irritate me. How do I react when that happens?

I choose gratitude rather than an “attitude.” I consciously try to decide to be thankful for all the good things that God has given me rather than complaining!

For example, maybe your child, teenager, and/or spouse isn’t acting exactly how you’d like, but there are certainly things inside of them that you appreciate. Be grateful for the good things, especially during this holiday season! Don’t focus only on what bothers and displeases you.

The Bible says that it’s out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks (see Luke 6:45). If you’re feeding your heart negative feelings, they’re certain to end up coming out of your mouth and making the situation worse.

But when we’re living in a place of daily gratitude for the things that God has given us, then, like a good father, He causes them to multiply in our lives! Jesus Himself thanked God before the bread was multiplied. The miracle comes when we know how to be grateful.

What does daily gratitude look like for you? Perhaps today, it means refusing to complain and instead choosing to shift your perspective! A great way to start is by thanking God for the little things.

  • The rays of sun shining through our windows
  • The vibrant colors of a changing sunset
  • Children whispering jokes and giggling
  • Our spouse who takes the time to take out the trash every week
  • So many other things that, while small, reveal God’s heart for us in a big way!

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude brings us closer to the Lord helping us to better appreciate His love and faithfulness.

This Thanksgiving onward, choose to live in gratitude. Make it a life habit! Begin and end each day with gratitude. Don’t let what’s irritating you determine your attitude!

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” (see Colossians 2:6-7)

Thanks for existing!
Eric Célérier

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