2013-11-29 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Grumpy Gratitude

Read Colossians 1:9-14

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

Through the years I’ve learned that making gratitude lists helps me stay more positive. I use the alphabet, thanking God for something that begins with each letter. Sometimes I thank God for people from the Bible — Abraham, Benjamin, Caleb. Sometimes I use scripture verses alphabetically, such as: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” “Be still, and know that I am God,” “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Recently a friend told me that she makes a “grumpy gratitude” list in the spirit of 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (quoted above). My friend looks for reasons to be thankful in every situation. Not long ago I had a door-slamming day. After slamming three or four doors, I remembered my friend’s practice and paused to begin a grumpy gratitude list. I thought, OK God, I’m grateful that slammed doors ease frustrations. I’m grateful for doors that keep heat in during the winter and open to let cool breezes in during summer. My list continued, turning my doorslamming day into a blessing. The grumpy gratitude list helped me recognize how much I had to be thankful for that I had not noticed just moments before. Even when it appears there is nothing to be grateful for, we can find something for which to thank God.

Patricia Simmons

(Missouri, USA)

Thought for the Day: What’s on my “grumpy gratitude” list today? Nothing we do can earn what God gives by grace.

Prayer: Whether we are glad or grumpy, God, help us always to be aware of that for which we can be grateful. Amen.

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