5-6-14 On Gratitude


My mother once told me: “I complained because I had no shoes,

until I saw a man with no feet.”

Gratitude turns stones into jewels, hags into beauties,

sackcloth into silk.

It is always available to you.

Use gratitude whenever you feel a grumble coming on.

You can never wear it out or use it up.

Gratitude is the gift that softens hearts, soothes furrowed brows,

refines the soul.

There is always something to be grateful for, my friend.

“What if I fall out of an airplane?”

Be grateful you have a parachute.

“But what if I have no parachute?”

Be grateful you will feel no pain upon impact,

and be grateful you will be in the presence of the Lord soon.

“But what if I know I’m going to hell?”

Be grateful you have just enough time

to repent and accept Jesus as your Savior.

Give thanks to God, for He is Good; His Mercy lasts forever. [i]

Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus. [ii]

Practice carrying gratitude in your heart.

It will help you redefine your priorities.

You will think more of God and less of you.

It will reduce stress in your life.

Anxiety cannot live under the same roof as thankfulness.

It will stretch your heart to hold more love.

Gratitude builds upon itself.

The universe is too small to contain it all.

Even give thanks to your misfortune; it can always be worse.

If you have no shoes

be grateful you can feel mud between your toes,

be grateful you have feet to help you go,

be grateful you’ve a God that knows,

be grateful, and let your gratitude show.


[i] Psalms 107:1

[ii] 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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