God’s Plan for Gratitude – in Life and in Ministry

God has a plan for gratitude and the role thankfulness plays in our lives. In fact, I found the word “thankful” (and its synonyms) in the Bible 392 times, proof that thankfulness is a highly valued virtue; God wants me to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) so that I might rise above adversity and prevail with deep peace and satisfaction.

Gratitude is equally important in ministry and sharing the Good News with others.  It is one of the best cures I know for the three E’s (Entitlement, Expectation, and Envy), all of which can drastically impede my ability to demonstrate God’s grace or testify to His love. In other words, by maintaining gratitude I am better able to stay in God’s will, endure spiritual warfare, and effectively cope when situations don’t go my way.

So, I ask: how is your gratitude and are you in need of developing it further? If so, I might be able to help! I have been diligent in my pursuit of gratitude over the past ten years, and I am anxious to share what has worked for me in the process. If you are interested, send me an email and ask to receive my quarterly Gratitude newsletter. If you’re in need of some great tips now, feel free to download the latest version here.


2 Responses to God’s Plan for Gratitude – in Life and in Ministry

  1. Juliea Shriver says:

    So very true. Right after I agreed to be a deacon at church – my husband was diagnosed with Stage 2 (almost 3) Colon cancer at 38 years old. To say it was a shock was an understatement. He did not smoke, drank rarely, and was, seemingly, in good health. He went in for a routine polyp removal. Right after his diagnosis, the pastor of our church came to see him and he mentioned that he would understand if I did not want to become a deacon (it was a four year term commitment). I told him I still wanted to do it – it would be good to think outside of myself and our situation. Jeff went through chemo with amazing strength and grace. I should say the family went through the ordeal surprisingly well – because cancer does not affect only one person (we had two little girls at the time). Being a deacon, praying with people, delivering meals, calling them became a huge blessing to me. First of all, right off, I realized that everyone has bad stuff that happens – sometimes, the church prayer list could be heart breaking. But, the deacons prayed over that list and supported and cared for the community, the congregation, and each other. You sometimes have to look for the blessings. But, they are always there. As far as my husband’s colon cancer, it has been almost ten years now and he is clear of cancer. But, I will always remember the prayer and care of my Christian brothers and sisters while we went through our crisis. Neighbors even commented on the support they could see (casseroles, offers to do my laundry, offers to mow our lawn – and, above all, their prayers and concern). Now, I am grateful for the things we learned through the ordeal. And, we know how to help others going through similar trials. We did experience God’s amazing grace.

  2. Wow! Thank you for sharing such a touching story! What a great example of how prevalent God’s blessings are, even in those really tough times.

    Hugs to you, Friend!

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