Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. —Colossians 3:16
One of the most crucial attitudes we can develop is one of gratitude. A grateful attitude in itself introduces an elevation of mood. When I see my circumstances through the lens of a grateful mind-set instead of the “I’m not getting what I want” mind-set, I feel better; I even have the potential to be happy in spite of circumstances.
Telling you to develop an attitude of gratitude may be so familiar that you simply respond, “Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard that before.” But sometimes we all need to hear it again. Keeping a “gratitude list” may sound corny, but it redirects your mind and lifts your mood. Write a list of everything for which you are grateful: the big stuff and the little stuff. Hopefully your list goes on and on. If it does, you will enlarge your happiness potential.
Here’s an example of some things that might be on your gratitude list: the side door no longer sticks, I located more of my favorite hard-to-find vanilla loose-leaf tea, birds are singing again, the new water filter makes the water taste better, my lamp throws light perfectly on my book. And at the top of this list is the greatest source of gratitude: Jesus loves me.
Lord, thank you for all the times you have provided for me and my loved ones. Help me to remember to always show my gratitude toward you. Amen.
From Daily Gifts of Hope© 2013 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission.