When Gratitude Just Won’t Leave You Alone

Image result for choosing gratitudeSeveral years ago, Nancy Leigh DeMoss wrote a book called Choosing Gratitude.  I wonder what other titles she considered: “Falling into Gratitude”?  “Embracing Your Natural Bent Toward Gratitude”? “When Gratitude Just Won’t Leave You Alone”?

I wish.

Gratitude is a choice, and not typically one that is knocking my door down.  Because I subconsciously know I’m unacknowledged royalty and should be worshiped and obeyed without question, I’m apt to complain when I don’t get my way.   And when things do go well, I think, “Yeah, now that’s more like it!”  The continuum moves from complaining to satisfied neutrality. Where in the world is gratitude?  Its absence is concerning–and revealing.

Do you identify?

If so, join me in this super-quick gratitude exercise that will reboot our complaining brains. I promise. It takes less than five minutes, so yes, you do have time.  Not to mention, Psalm 103:2 reminds us to: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”  

  1. Set a timer for 3 minutes.
  2. Write or type as quickly as you can as many things to thank God for as you possibly can.
  3. When the time is up, run your eye down the list and thank God for each item.

I know it’s easy.  You’ve seen it before.  You can do it in your head.  You really are a pretty thankful person.  Yeah yeah yeah.  Me too.

But there is something about remembering the vast benefits of God to his undeserving people that straightens us out.  It reveals how kind our Father has been to us and ushers us into worship. It moves our eyes off the heap of unsolved problems and onto our generous God and an eternity of promise and joy and blessing.  Not a bad place to end up on a Monday morning!

 

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3 Responses to When Gratitude Just Won’t Leave You Alone

  1. Martha G Weiman says:

    Trish,
    I have been enjoying your blog. Three weeks ago I sprained (tore) ligaments in my left ankle. A week into the injury one of those big injury boots was prescribed along with physical therapy. This completely independent 69 year old single lady suddenly became limited and dependent on others. I was complaining about all I couldn’t do. A friend encouraged me to enjoy the sun that was shinning one day. Our precious Holy Spirit turned my heart to thankfulness for a small limitation that didn’t prevent me from enjoying the sunshine. I decided to do a calendar count down to healing by listing the kind acts of God every day till the ankle is healed. I will have a calendar of remembrance of the faithfulness of God.

  2. Lisa Henry says:

    Thanks, Trish. That is a great thought for starting the week!

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