Is it something we think about on a daily basis? Probably not, but it’s so important to living a joyful and full life. So how do you get gratitude? True gratitude can be found in any circumstance if you hold on to what we should be most grateful for. God’s mercy and our salvation.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Gratitude should be the motivation for wanting to live a life for God because we are grateful for what He has done for us. Being grateful is a huge part of God’s will for our lives.
When pride is in the way…
I think that a lack of gratitude many times develops because our pride is in the way. We believe in some kind of way that we deserved salvation or that we did something to achieve or earn it. But we have to understand we were completely hopeless. No matter how good of a person someone may be, if they are not saved they will be burning in Hell for eternity. Why? Because we are all sinners. Without God’s gift of grace and Jesus saving us we would have absolutely no hope in this life. This life on earth would be the closest thing to Heaven, but thankfully God loves us so much that this life on earth is the closest to hell we will ever get!
Though it can be difficult, practice gratefulness daily. It is nearly impossible to be in a bad mood and feel grateful at the same time. We tend to take many things for granted, especially the small things from God. Every day practice writing down 5 things you’re grateful for. Dig deep and make them specific. They can be something so small too. Try to make them different everyday. When you look down at that list remind yourself that those amazing things are from God. Let the gratitude of mercy motivate and fuel your fire for Christ!
“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalms 9:1)
Give out of gratitude, serve out of gratitude, love out of gratitude and live for the one who died for you.