Monday, March 10, 2014

Dispel Dissatisfaction with an Attitude of Gratitude

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In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 AKJV

I tend to write often on the subject of thankfulness or an attitude of gratitude. I have a quote attributed to Chuck Swindoll about “Attitude” on my Facebook Author page.  I used to keep it posted in my classroom. 

Why do I write about this subject so often? Simply because I need to remind myself of its importance.  Maybe you need reminding too. I believe this is a lifestyle choice that needs to be practiced in the concrete circumstances of our lives.

The world that surrounds us with all its materialism and commercialism promotes dissatisfaction. We are practically programmed to want all the newest technology and gadgets, the most comfortable and stylish homes, cars, clothes, and the most exotic, luxurious vacations (from God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea). We tend to compare our possessions and lifestyles with those of our proverbial neighbor.  This can lead to an attitude of dissatisfaction and disappointment. 

A remedy for the anxiety and alienation this dissatisfaction spawns is thankfulness and faith in the goodness and love of God. 

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

I need to be thankful for all that God has given me and also for His mercy and grace that spares me from undesirable things.

A friend told me the other day: “say ‘thank you’ every chance you get”—to family, friends, to everything and everybody that sparks thankfulness within, and especially to God, say “thank you.” With gratitude in my heart, I am free to enjoy what God has given me.

Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4
Photo courtesy of Eileen DeCamp

I am grateful for you and thank you for visiting Write Moments with God. I pray that the meditations and reflections you find on this blog are encouraging and uplifting to you.  Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.

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