An Attitude of Gratitude


“You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.”  This is a common rhyme we say in our household, mostly to my five year old son, Jude.  As a parent I am always so surprised at how ungrateful he is and how he doesn’t realize how blessed he is to have all of the comforts he has.

He has a nice room with a ton of toys – he doesn’t need to whine when he doesn’t get one every time we go to Target.  He lives less than a block away from a playground and a duck pond – he doesn’t need to complain that he has nothing to do.  He has a kitchen full of some of his favorite snacks and a mom who enjoys cooking – yet he pouts because his broccoli is roasted and not steamed like at school.  He should be grateful.

But then how grateful am I?

I complain about driving an old clunker, when I should be grateful that I have a car to drive and no car payment.  I whine about not having any food in my house when in reality we have a ton – I just don’t want to eat any of it because I am spoiled and entitled.  In all reality God should be singing to me, “You get what you get…”

Gratitude is defined as an emotion of appreciating what you have.  1 Thessalonians 5:7 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Be Thankful

If God wants us to be grateful in all circumstances and have an attitude of gratitude, how can I change my way of thinking?

By being intentional in my gratitude.

I am going to start my gratitude journey by thanking God for one new thing every day.  Instead of only thanking him for my family and my home and the things I am in routine in saying, I am going to journal one new thing to be grateful for every day.

I am also going to commit to writing one letter a month to someone I am thankful for.

I hope in being intentional about being grateful for what I have and the people in my life, that I can experience the emotion of gratitude on a daily basis and teach it to my children. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you so much for everything you do.  Help me to not take things for granted and to develop a grateful mindset.  Help me pass it along to my family and friends, all to glorify You and the good things You do for me, Lord.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Challenge: Do any of you care to go on this journey of developing an attitude of gratitude with me?  I would love to connect either here on my blog or on Facebook or Twitter regularly to hold each other accountable.

Discussion: What is something you are incredibly thankful for today?

This post was part of my series for April: Evolving Emotionally.  If you enjoyed it, I would love to have you subscribe to my blog via email.  Have a blessed day! 

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  1. Meg Weyerbacher

    I am nodding my head in agreement here! Not only the kid part but the “me” part. I have basically been looking at life through a new lense as well, and telling my kids that being thankful and counting our blessings will help us rid the yucky greediness away. It works half the time and the other half they say yeah but continue complaining. Parenting is hard work, I am sure God is grinning right about now thinking, “Um, yeah it is…”
    Thanks for sharing, Chelsey!

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  2. Whitney

    I love your perspective Chelsey! I have two little toddlers at home who are very blessed, but yet whine over the littlest thing.

    I confess! I have the same ungrateful whining as a grown-up. I want to be grateful in all God blesses us with, but it’s so hard to stick with this attitude. And yes, even an old clunker is a blessing! I’ve heard a lot of great things about writing down things to we are grateful for each night. Maybe I will start one!

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    • Chelsey Coffey

      Hi Whitney! I admit even after I wrote this post I had a hard time being grateful last night!! I was grumbling and my husband noticed and prayed with me and my attitude changed for the better. 🙂 thank you for coming by and sharing.


  3. Kelly S

    It is so easy to focus on what we do not have. Recently, my daughter had a pity party on all the things she did not have. I asked her to find three things she was thankful for. She said, “I am thankful for ___, BUT…” Gratitude mixed with a complaint? I was so convicted! I do the same thing! Your gratitude journal sounds like a great way to cultivate a heart of gratitude.

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  4. Jamia

    Chelsey, I love this post! I think you are right…being intentional about our praise is the right way to go! 2016 is my “Year of Thanks” and I am currently on this journey now developing the discipline of thanksgiving. Keep me posted on your journey!

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