Gratitude is the capacity to feel grateful. It flows from the heart as a response to the Divine. It is one of the surest ways to discern the presence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life.
Practicing gratitude means recognizing the good that is already yours.
Gratitude Refocuses our Attention: Life can be one big me party, with our First World problems. Instead, take moments to commune with God in gratitude for Now. Try thanking God for God’s provision, guidance, and faithfulness. Thank him for this day.
Pray With Thanksgiving: Since our fast-paced society has lots of pressure, expectations, and responsibilities, many people live in constant anxiety. But when we bring our concerns to the Lord with thanksgiving, the burden shifts to Him, and His peace comes to us (Phil. 4:6-7). Smile when you pray, and watch what happens.
Gratitude Refreshes our Relationships: Gratitude keeps us from thinking that the Christian walk is all about us and our needs. Our fellowship with God is enhanced because we’re focused on Him instead of ourselves. And, simply, gratitude is felt. It improves our relationship with ourselves and with others.
Gratitude Reinforces our Faith: When we thank the Lord for His past faithfulness, our confidence in His present faithfulness soars.
Gratitude Rejoices our Spirit: Thanksgiving is the best way to dig ourselves out of the doldrums of discouragement. It is one the best ways to fill our spiritual sails.