If we If we would all wake up daily just grateful!
- Grateful that we are alive
- Grateful that we are living somewhere
- Grateful that we are on some type of electronic device
- Grateful for our family/friends
- Grateful for jobs
- Grateful for something to eat
- Grateful for salvation
- Grateful for mercy
- Grateful for grace
You add to this list things you’re grateful for personally.
As for me I would add to that list so much more! I’m grateful for a joyful marriage, for a 91 year old mother that’s in great health and has a good mind, grateful for sons that know and love Jesus: for a home that lets me minister to others; for an incredible church family – more than I could list here, He has been so good to me!
If we spent our time thanking The Almighty for all of the things we are grateful for, maybe we’d have less time to participate in the foolishness of the flesh. You know what I mean? When I say foolishness of the flesh I mean – desiring someone that isn’t your spouse, hanging out with your friends in places that expose you to immorality as a normal thing, joining in conversations that belittle people, using our mouths to speak things that dishonor the God who blesses and keeps us – You Know What I Mean.
I encourage you to take time daily and throughout each day to keep in your mind how good God has been to you. I guarantee you that it will refocus you and turn your heart and mind toward things that bring Him honor!
Lord, please help your children live without even a hint of depravity, or any defilement or covetousness, because it is not befitting our commitment to You! Help us, Father, not to be vulgur; help our words not to be stupid. Help us not to find laughter in things that are lowdown and dirty. But instead let our minds, our hearts, our souls be in the habit of giving thanks to You! You are so worthy!
(Ephesians 5: 3–4)
Today, I woke up happy that gratefulness and acclamation can change my whole outlook in an instant. God is the first person I dialogue with in the morning. Before I open my eyes, before my feet hit the floor; I greet Him with a holy good morning. I thank Him and praise Him for the day ahead and for the nights rest and I feel His presence enter the room! Best part of my day! I realized that because I take this time to thank and adore Him first, I have a good outlook on whatever lies ahead.
I have a lot to face each day, the work I do does not afford a day off; the people I serve in this role need me operating in His power and wisdom throughout the day. I could choose to stain my day with worry; fretting about a bill that is due; an unpleasant meeting; a home or car repair; a doctors visit; etc. OR I can choose an upgrade! We all like an upgrade! Choosing to start the day in thankfulness will color the rest of your day. There will be problems today; there will be people who grate on your nerves today; there will be office politics that make you cringe today; there will likely be a home or car repair that you have to deal with; but in the midst of all of that is joy!
There is a song called “Gratefulness” that says ‘I could go on, and on, and on about Your works, because I’m grateful, grateful, so grateful just to praise You Lord!” If you’ve already started your day — just allow your mind right now to recount the works of God in your life and keep thinking about them until you feel His presence with you and your heart turning toward being sincerely thankful. I believe you might find that there is very little to complain about AND you’ll have the bonus of experiencing His presence with you because He dwells in our praise!
Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. (Psalms 100:4)