Gratitude is good for you. Being thankful effects our physical beings, as well as, our emotional and spiritual health. Whether through speaking, singing, writing poetry, journaling or other ways we can express thankfulness, we (and everyone around us) benefits from an attitude of gratitude.
The scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:18, says that we should be thankful in all circumstances, good advice – but can we? Can you? Living a life of gratitude goes beyond “positive thinking,” being optimistic, or “looking for the silver lining.” The ability to be thankful in all circumstances – the good times and the bad times – requires a much deeper commitment to the will of God. Perhaps that is why the final words of the scripture add “for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” To not only endure, but be thankful in difficult circumstances may only be possible in the context of God’s greater plan for humanity. We are but a drop of water in a pool that sends ripples in every direction – effecting all the surrounding water in the pond. We, however, do not have the vision required to see the full boundary of its shores.
Prayer and meditation is a first step toward thankfulness. Asking God to broaden our vision – to see ourselves, our circumstances and our inter-relatedness with others – is a start. Don’t wait until the situation is dire before starting this practice – that is too late! Developing the habits of gratitude during times of peace – ordinary and uneventful times – prepare us for walking through times of turmoil.
Take time every day to ask God to reveal His will for your life and to thank Him for His faithfulness in showing you the path of gratitude in all circumstances.