Choose an attitude of gratitude…
Attitude is defined as “a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.”
Gratitude is defined as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return the kindness.”
Unfortunately, in life, we do have to be intentional in choosing an attitude of gratitude. It is too easy to focus on all the negative events that are going on in this world. The negative is the focus of the news and conversations we hear.
In times like this, it is difficult to offer praise and thanks. When we are faced with health issues, the loss of loved ones, losing our home or job. We hear about the tragedies that happen because of hurricanes and fires. We are unhappy with the decisions that our government leaders are making. It is during times like this that we feel like God has let us down. We assume He is distant because He feels far away. This is when we have to be intentional in making a choice.
We can either choose to let the negative thoughts and events get us down, or we can choose to have an attitude of gratitude.
We have so much to be grateful for in this life. In the midst of hardship and pressures, we need to be intentional to pause and give thanks for all that God has done, and continues to do in our lives. When we make a choice to pause and give thanks, it will make a lasting difference in our lives.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
When we are intentional and choose every day to focus on all the good that God has done in our life, we realize that no matter what we face, He is with us and He will never leave us.
Remember, His plans for us are good and He is working all things together for our good. Because of this, we can choose an attitude of gratitude.