“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philipppians 4:6-7 NIV)
Many principles of the Christian life, are easier to preach about (and write devotionals about) than to actually implement in real, down to Earth, day to day life. Being continually thankful is one of those. There is so much already said about the importance of having a grateful attitude. Even the field of psychology is recognising the benefits of gratitude to a person’s psychological wellbeing… as this verse promises it would do.
One of the things that my wife and I do in those moments when we do not feel particularly thankful is to stop, sit down, grab a pen and a piece of paper and write down 10, 25 or 100 things for which we are grateful, big or small. On every occasion that we have done this, half way to three quarters of the way through the list, we begin to feel a shift in our attitude taking place! By the end we are in love with Jesus all over again!
Next time you feel down in the dumps and life isn’t unfolding as you perceive it should, why don’t you take the time to write down on a piece of paper, your smartphone or iPad a list of things for which you are grateful to God. Count your many blessings, name them one by one…
This archived article was written by Ramesh Naraine for release in Sep, 2012. Circumstances and situations may have changed regarding the author, locations and ministries. This content may therefore be outdated or misinformed.
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