#7 Gratitude

I can’t remember where I first heard this or how many people have passed on this advice over the years. But a cure for a lot of bad attitudes and “oh poor me” focus in life is gratitude.

Actively practicing being thankful is good for us. It makes us less self focused. It helps us to appreciate things. It makes us better people to be around. It helps us care more about others than ourselves. I did it yesterday. I wrote a list of all the good things the Lord had done and I had seen happen and things I had to be thankful for in the last four months. Try it sometime. Write a list of what you have to be thankful for at the moment.

Thankfulness gets our nose from our navels. It teaches us perspective. I have sometimes seen the most thankful and appreciative and humble people in far worse circumstances than me… and joy exuding from them rather than whinging. Which is so easy to do.

If you don’t speak British English, then this may be helpful:


Complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way.
An act of complaining in such a way.

Other than considering and writing out what you have to be grateful for here is something else that you might find food for thought. This is a bit more thorough expansion of the topic of thankfulness and gratitude. It is a talk given to Christian pastors. He does not go light on them. He kicks their asses. But it is a brilliant talk on gratitude. And you should be able to follow pretty easily whatever your faith background is. I highly recommend it.

Rejoicing: Matt Chandler: Ecclesiastes: Christ in the OT

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