I am an American and Americans have a thing about holidays. We build enormous momentum to prepare for one day, followed by lots of leftovers, cleanup, and take down. The marketing campaigns successfully seduce us into the commercial — buying the necessary trinkets for the big day. There is always a chorus of purists warning us against the commercial and pointing us toward the values that matter. And in between, we may remember the poor and less fortunate.
If the Christian response is to be counterculture, then I remind us to cultivate daily gratitude. Look for things to be grateful for, small and great. Then don’t just be thankful, but thank God. As in open our mouths and offer prayers of thanksgiving throughout the day. I don’t know how, but gratitude positively affects perspective. If we train ourselves to be grateful in all things, then when the rain comes we will immediately see our list of reasons to be thankful.
Does God cause everything to happen? No. Is everything that happens God’s will? No. Do bad things happen to good people? Yes, all the time. Do bad things happen to all people? Sure. The questions and answers continue and we find that the human experience is the great equalizer. Sometimes good comes from the bad. It just is what it is.
Buy in for a big day is not necessary when we practice the principle or value daily. Here’s to being grateful every day. Grateful beyond feeling or opinion. Grateful for all things, big and small. Grateful for a renewed mind, and a sense of divine presence and purpose. Grateful for discipline and restraint. Grateful for abundance and provision in need. Grateful for wellness and wholeness. Grateful that in all things we have access to a wonderful Lord who loves us with perfect love.
Just a reminder, Dear Ones. Gratitude is possible daily, even when we hurt or don’t feel like being grateful. Let’s do it anyway.
Dr. Shaunta Scroggins is the founder of The Bereans’ Commentary.
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