«And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him» (Colossians 3:17).
EXPERTS SAY that gratitude is a feeling that can bring greater well-being and a sense of fulfillment to human beings. They claim that gratitude can eliminate negativity and weariness even in the face of the most adverse circumstances. Yet, an act as simple as saying «thank you» isn’t as easy as we might think, for there are those who don’t perceive in their environment anything to be thankful for. They believe that life has put them on the side of the losers; whereas it’s actually they who have gone over to the side of the ungrateful.
The request of the Eternal One is: «In everything give thanks» (l Thessalonians 5:18). Is it possible to do this when death, illness, financial ruin or broken relationships come our way? Or is this a request from a God who sits way up in heaven, oblivious to the needs of His creatures?
Some self-help books try to demonstrate that by being grateful we can generate a positive energy that attracts people and circumstances that will fill us with a sense of well-being. I don’t believe that gratitude is an energy that we can generate, but rather a gift from God that we should pray for with a commitment to make it a habit.
Focusing the mind on God, the Giver of life is the basic principle of gratitude. Today, there was a sunrise, and with it life began its daily course. The birds know this and they proclaim it with their songs. Have you done this yet? At sunset, when nature takes it rest from the day as the crickets sing, will you enjoy your rest without imitating their example?
Complaints, resentments, and criticisms lead us to turn our backs on God, so let’s adopt the habit of making gratitude a way of life. The following daily exercises can help you achieve this:
Kneel and say «thank You» to God and you will experience a sense Of well-being.
Write down at least three things, situations or people for which you are thankful.
Thank God for something you’ve always had, but for which you haven’t given thanks.
Be thankful for what you have and for what you will have.
Be thankful for what you don’t have and don’t need.
Give thanks for the people who have left your life, for the ones who are in your life, and for those who have yet to come into your life. Choose to be thankful.