Living in the “Bible Belt” I read many a church sign while driving. Some of them are rather witty and others are down right weird.
I did come across one that I liked a lot. It read, “A GRATEFUL MIND IS A GREAT MIND.”
As I reflected on that particular sign I thought about my various “states of mind.”
Some days I’m focused.
On other’s, not so much.
On occasion, I can keep a very clear train of thought that allows me to accomplish much in record time. Then there are days I’m left looking around having nothing to show for my efforts.
Yet, when I focus on counting my blessings, I gain clarity that at other times alludes me.
When I am grateful, it puts into perspective all the minor and petty annoyances that don’t really matter. Headaches and temporary trials don’t compare to God’s great grace, mercy and favor.
If I did not continually count my blessings, I would get bogged down in the nonsense of the day, other people’s drama and become mired down in things that aren’t any of my business.
We must renew our minds daily as not to magnify our problems instead of our God!
When we make a habit to appreciate how good God is to us, we are compelled to offer mercy, compassion and kindness as we have received it. The realization that we are not worthy, but God loves us anyway, should move us to love our neighbor/brother enough to not just pray for them but actually “do” for them.
Allowing our gratitude to spur us into action produces great deeds and great love, the kind Jesus would have us show toward one another.
In this season of thanks, don’t merely settle for being grateful, act grateful.
Allow your gratitude to motivate you to do something. Your random act of kindness may make a world of difference for someone else.
Stressed out by the holidays?
Allow gratitude to adjust your attitude!
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Psalm 30:4 NKJV