Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23, NIV*
Last week, the day my Radical Gratitude post came out, I struggled with attitude all day. Shouldn’t have been surprised—after all, how can we learn to apply a lesson if there’s no practice? But practice is work and it’s easier to endure the crankiness and wait for it to go away.
When God finally got my attention and we did some business, I decided what’s needed is resolute gratitude. Even relentless gratitude.
Not just thanking God for His blessings, but thanking Him when everything inside us traitorously whispers self-pity, entitlement, discontent, blaming etc. When things are going wrong. Or when we’re just plain in a bad mood.
What’s the constant no matter how bad our circumstances?
God. He never changes.
For 2012 and forward, I want to learn to relentlessly, resolutely, regularly declare thanks for who He is. No matter what’s going on in and around me. That means not just focusing on the Light instead of the darkness but remembering what I know of Him and getting to know Him even better.
Amazing and unfathomable God, Your character alone gives us a wealth of reasons to thank and praise You. Help us set our hearts and minds on You and choose gratitude. As we trust You, open our eyes to see You more clearly in our lives. Thank You for the difference You make.
Matt Redman’s “Blessed Be Your Name” expresses the intentionality of thanksgiving.
*THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Amen, He gives us so much to be thankful for. One of the best ways to build our faith is to remember the great things He has done for us in the past. Makes it easier for us to trust what He is doing in our present.
Have a blessed day.
So true, Heather. Especially when we can’t see what He’s doing in our present!
You said it, girl! Our forgetfulness to show gratitude can become a habit. Complaining Israelites really angered our Lord. Their ingratitude was gross after all God had done for them in rescuing them from slavery in Egypt. In spite of so many miracles in their lives, they still chose to be ungrateful for God’s care. We all need relentless gratitude because God more than deserves it. It’s the very least we can do.
Have a great day!
Amen, Margaret! We see what we look for, and I want to be looking for God.
Way to go, Janet. Throw off the chains that hold you down. Counting our blessings – the best of jobs. Thanking Him as we move forward day by day. Your Word – Relentless Gratitude; mine Trust.
Together we make a great team for God because we rely on Him totally – at all times, in all circumstances.
And we can be thankful for the weak times because they make us rely more on Him.