“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.”
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?
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