Choosing Gratitude And Why It Matters
“Cultivating a thankful heart is a safeguard against becoming
- prickly, and
A grateful child of God can’t but help but be a joyful, peaceful, radiant person.” (Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude, p 17)
Choosing gratitude is more than something I write about on Friday’s Fave Five.
It is more than something happy people do.
It is more than a positive habit.
Choosing to keep gratitude in my life protects my thinking from becoming ugly. This in turn protects my actions from becoming ugly.
What is the ugly I am talking about? It certainly includes being bitter, prickly, and sour. Read on for more ugliness from Nancy DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude, p 17.
“I have seen how a lack of gratitude manifests itself in fretting, complaining, and resenting – whether within the confines of my own thoughts or, worse yet, through venting those thoughts to others.”
I am prone to worrying and fretting. Like right now I am worrying and fretting about the upcoming women’s retreat. This book (Choosing Gratitude) has reminded me that this is a sin. I think too little of God and His power and purposes for me and Retreat. I think too little on His LOVE for me and each Retreat attendee.
Instead of worrying and fretting, I choose to be grateful. Why? So that I can have a calm interior and influence on those around me. . . . So that I can more easily hear God’s leading. . . . So that I can recognize the good around me and thank my Creator God for that good. . . . So that I can keep my focus on God and the eternal perspective.
Here are some things I am grateful for pertaining to the upcoming Retreat.
- A gentle, computer whiz made sure our music videos are in a form we can use (Bryce).
- We have two awesome speakers (Jenny and Shula).
- We have a very capable person taking care of sound (Pam).
- Two fun and talented ladies are leading us in singing along with music videos (Gillian and MaryJo).
- Two of the women’s ministry team will be at Retreat with me and they are great at handling details and loving others (LaRee and Reggie).
- God will definitely help me when I present my portion at the Retreat because He LOVES us too much to NOT DO so.
Whew. I am already breathing much more easily. And my thoughts are not so turbulent. I am feeling God’s Presence and guiding for this moment. And that’s what I need to be concerned about – THIS moment. “Thank you, Lord!”
Your Turn . . .
- Why do you choose to be grateful?
- Do you have any of the above mentioned ugly attitudes like being bitter, prickly, and sour? Are you involved in fretting, complaining, and resenting … and venting?
- What will you do about it today?
Related Posts . . .
- 3 Benefits of Month-Long Gratitude-Fest
- Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss – a book review
- Gratitude is a Feeling, a Capacity, and a Choice
- Personal Gratitude Prevents Burnout
- Six Benefits Adults Receive by Writing Thank You Notes
_________________________________ FYI. During April I participated in the A-Z Challenge. Most of the posts were from drafts that are at least a year old. I want to clear out my draft pile (193 as of May 15, 2013). So I am continuing to make a special effort to finish those. This is one such post.