How do you cultivate gratitude for God’s blessings?
Cultivating gratitude should be a regular occurrence for you, not just a November activity. Read through Psalm 103. Pay attention to all the ways David expresses his thankfulness to God. Consider writing your own Psalm of thanksgiving and gratitude. You can mirror David’s psalm if you want. This might make a good activity for your household as you recount God’s goodness to your family. God is good all the time! All the time, God is good!
Both gratitude and ingratitude reveal the state of our hearts. Gratitude is not a natural tendency. We have to cultivate it. We can begin by listing the things we are thankful for. We are commanded to thank God for his blessings in all circumstances. When we grumble we are telling the world that we do not think God is good ALL the time. When we are grateful, we show that we know He is good and His will is perfect.
Above all, the most important thing we have to be thankful for is our salvation that came at the cost of Christ’s life of the cross. Do you know Christ as your Lord and Savior? Do you know that He became man and died on the cross so that you might have forgiveness of sins and live forever with Him? What a reason to rejoice! Start there and pour out your gratitude. It will improve your attitude.
You will smile more and sigh less. And others will notice! Don’t wait until next November. Cultivate gratitude on a regular basis!
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Table Talk: Which verse in Psalm 103 talks about forgiveness? Which verse talks about compassion? What do you do to cultivate gratitude?