Attitude of Gratitude

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

No one that has walked this earth has had a better attitude than JimDaddy. No one. He breathed it. He taught it. He lived it. And his attitude was one of the many reasons EVERYONE loved that man. He taught me that my attitude is something I choose. He believed Chuck Swindoll’s philosophy that says that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% is how you react to it. I do too.

Gratitude is an attitude; it is a choice. An attitude of gratitude is something you choose. The Bible describes it as something to “put on”.

Have you ever met someone with a grateful heart? When someone is appreciative, you want to do even more for them! Don’t you?

I will never forget serving dinner with my family at the Salvation Army one Christmas. I couldn’t believe the different attitudes of the men that came through the line to receive this free meal. Even though they hadn’t eaten in days, some men would grumble and complain about what we were serving or how much we put on their plate! But there were a few men that were so full of gratitude in their hearts that their faces couldn’t help but show it. You could see it in their eyes! They repeatedly thanked us. And because of their gratefulness, I couldn’t resist giving them another heaping spoonful!! You see, gratitude breeds generosity.

Are you choosing to be grateful? And are you expressing it to others? Are there people in your life you are grateful for but neglect to tell them? Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. Let’s give that present away today. Write a letter. Send an email. Put a note on someone’s desk. It doesn’t take much. But it will go a long, long way.

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