Thanks to Lisa-Jo Baker at Five Minute Friday for the prompts.
Grateful, thankful, appreciative, counting my blessings, an attitude of gratitude; whatever you want to call it, I need it.
I'm a big proponent of being grateful throughout the year, not just at Thanksgiving time. I think of the Bible passage in Romans chapter one warning that the first step to the slippery slope of trading in the glories of serving God for having no conscience is to be ungrateful:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened...
...Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:21 & 32
For the entirety of this passage, click here.
I don't want to go there.
Sometimes being grateful is hard. People are always saying that those who are blessed forget to be thankful for what they have and take it for granted. While that can be true, it's also hard to be grateful when everything around you is falling apart and you see no end of the pain in sight. That's is my greatest difficulty.
One of my favorite songs about gratefulness is the song Thankful Heart by Petra (YouTube video below).
On the list of manners I thought my preschool class, saying "please" and "thank you" ranked right up there with "yes, ma'am." I did my best to also model that behavior.
Life is better when you're grateful.