I remember singing an old song from a red hymn book called “Count your blessings” and the chorus went something like this: “Count your blessings name them one by one…count your many blessings see what God has done.”
I don’t know about you, but I tend to succumb to negativity and complaining rather than being thankful and focusing on the great things I’m experiencing in life. There are daily blessings I need to thank God for but sometimes I neglect to, because that’s not my default response.
Having said that, I do realize we all go through tough seasons in life. The loss of a job, rocky relationships ending up in betrayal, unexpected bills and the list can go on. The question is, how do we turn these negative circumstances into a positive attitude? Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and expressing it, however, it is not just something we say, it should become a lifestyle.
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and expressing it
John F. Kennedy once said: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
If I am thankful for my job, I must work hard and be the best employee I can be.
If I love my wife and children, I must find practical ways to express my love for them, both verbal and non-verbal expressions.
If I’m in good health and am thankful for that, I must not take it for granted and eat/live unhealthily. You get the point, we need to find positive expressions and live out our gratitude.
Gratitude will contribute to a sense of fullness in our lives. It will turn little into enough, a simple meal into a party celebration and a nice house into a home. Unlocking gratitude in our lives helps us to discover that life is not just about our desires being fulfilled, but something greater beyond our current circumstance.
Gratitude is the expression of a heart full of courage that sees past the limitations of today and into the blessings of tomorrow.
I thank God who gives me breath and allows me to open my eyes each day. I am thankful for Jesus Christ who died on a cross for my sin and thankful for the Holy Spirit who gives me guidance. I am grateful for my wife, children, my family scattered around the globe, friends, my church, my job. The list is long.
What does your list look like? Sit down, take inventory of the many blessings in your life and count them one by one. Life is a gift from God, let’s do our best not to take it for granted.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.