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.