Just 4 Today – SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE (by Sister Venitta Slade)

Posted: April 24, 2013 in Articles, Religion
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Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord. PSALMS 107:8

The Psalmist writes, ‘Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord, for his goodness.’ Notice the word ‘would.’ A thankful attitude is a choice you make regardless of the situation. You choose your attitude just like you choose the food you eat and the clothes you wear each day. And there is plenty to be grateful for. You say, ‘Yes, but there is plenty to complain about too.’ The point exactly. So you have a choice to make!

Robinson Crusoe spent 27 years shipwrecked on an island. Here is part of his journal entry (paraphrased). Let’s call his lists the Gripe list and the Gratitude list.

Gripe: ‘I’m stuck on this desert island without hope.’
Gratitude: ‘I wasn’t drowned like the rest of my ship’s company.’

Gripe: ‘I have no clothes.’
Gratitude: ‘I’m in a hot climate; if I had clothes I couldn’t wear them.’

Gripe: ‘I have no way to protect myself from man or beast.’
Gratitude: ‘I see no wild beasts here to hurt me as I saw on the coast of Africa. What if I had been shipwrecked there?’

Gripe: ‘I have nobody to talk to.’
Gratitude: ‘God sent the ship in near enough to the shore that I got out so many necessary things as will enable me to supply myself as long as I live.’

That’s powerful stuff! If you can grasp it and put it into practice, it will keep you from becoming a member of the Old Testament wilderness club known as ‘the murmurers.’

Your attitude is simply the decision you make about how you are going to approach things. It isn’t Disneyworld thinking to focus on the good things of life; it’s wisdom!

Venitta

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