Gratitude refers to we enumerating our blessings, thankfulness, acknowledging things that we receive and noticing those simple pleasures in our life.
Having the sensation of gratitude essentially means that we take nothing for granted and give thanks because of the abundance of life that we’ve obtained through Christ Jesus.
History has recorded several famous individuals who have learned and abided by this necessary life lesson.
The Power of Giving Thanks
A. Giving thanks gives room for multiplication
# “Be thankful always for what you have and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate only on what you don’t have, you will never, ever seem to have enough.”
I remember the testimony of how Jesus fed 5000 men (not counting women and children) with five loaves of bread and two fish. He had been teaching them for hours and saw their need to be fed. His disciples suggested that he send the people away to find food for themselves. Because they didn’t have enough to feed all 5000 of them – only five (5) loaves and two (2) fish.
But Jesus felt compassion for them and asked his disciples to make them all sit down. He was acting as if he had enough to feed the hungry mouths present. Then he took the bread, gave thanks (to God) and told his disciples to distribute them. He did the same for the fish as well. And the Bible records that:
“They all (5000 men – not counting women and children) ate their fill. The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers.”
The five loaves and two fish were multiplied! And all he did was give thanks. You see giving thanks has a multiplier effect in life. Ask yourself who would like to continue to help – someone who knows how and when to show and voice appreciation or someone who doesn’t?
NB: The story can be found in Matthew 14: 13-21, Mark 6: 30-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6: 1-15)
B. It’s the most reliable medium of exchange
# “Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.”
Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
Boom! I believe that quote says it all. But if you need further clarification, feel free to ask in the comments.
C. It brings lasting healing
This point reminds me of another scriptural reference of when Jesus met 10 lepers who desired to be healed of their ailment. Jesus just told them to go and show themselves to the priests. The lepers in faith went back to the city to do as he said. On their way, they realized that they were healed. Now watch this:
Out of all of them, only one came back to give thanks.
One caught himself in the midst of celebrating his healing and returned to thank Jesus. He turned back, put his expectant family on hold, put even seeing the priest on hold, and rushed back to the cause of his celebration. His response and life situation were unique, but in the simplest sense of what he did his thankfulness led to action. And that turned out to be important!
Jesus then asked him – “Where are the other nine?”
Do you realize the meaning of this? When he instructed them to show themselves to the priests, he never commanded anyone to express thankfulness to God nor return to him. Yet that was exactly what he expected.
Giving thanks is of utmost importance! Take some time EVERYDAY to thank God for all he does for you.
NB: The story can be found in Luke 17: 11-19.
Why We Should Be Thankful
1. It’s a great depression repellent
# “It is not possible to feel grateful and depressed at the same time.”
Dan Buettner explains how research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives. So instead of worrying and getting depressed about what might be missing, the fastest way to feel happiness is to practice gratitude.
2. It repels fear
# “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. When you take the time to appreciate all that God has done for you, there’ll be no room left for fear.
# “If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
3. It’s always the better option
# “Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The answer I immediately give is that I have a choice. I can choose to be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.”
I believe we can either celebrate every special moment of our lives and express gratitude for our blessings. Or we can see life as an endless string of coincidences that have no meaning, connection or purpose.
# “For me, I choose to believe in miracles and celebrate the gift of life. I’m going to rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a massive positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.”
Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.
4. It’s a good way to bring out the best in people
# “The way to develop/bring out the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”
Gratitude serves as a way to encourage outstanding personalities to do more and give their all.
# “Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it.”
5. Everybody loves to be appreciated – even you!
# “The deepest craving of human nature is the need and desire to be appreciated.”
I agree with John F. Kennedy when he said, during one of his speeches, that we MUST find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. We must utter our thanks to those who deserve it because, like Gertrude Stein likes to say, silent gratitude is not worth much to anybody.
A Big Round Of Applause For All Parents
Therefore I must commend the Collaboration With A Purpose team for coming up with such a wonderful theme for the month of October. I really feel like this is perfect for me. Because I get to celebrate my birth month with a note of thanks to the very people who have made the most difference in my life.
I always love saying that who I am today can mainly be attributed to God’s grace and my parents (my most treasured gifts from God). Their willingness to walk in the light of God’s Word and bring me up in the love of Christ is what has shaped me into the fine young lady I am today.
So here’s a big round of applause for my parents and all parents worldwide as my way of saying “THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME!!”.
Some of you are all very busy but you still find the time and make sacrifices to ensure the happiness of your kids. So, THANK YOU.
Why Parenting Is A Profession
Now I know some people may be like “Huh? I thought this theme was about thanking professions. Where do parents fit in?”
Well, just for your satisfaction, I carried out some research on whether or not parenting can be classified as a profession. And, believe it or not, my research shows that it may be possible to refer to parenting as a profession!
And I’ll be revealing my research in another upcoming post… coming very soon!!
The Thankful Beggar
Now my final note for this 1st part of my collaboration piece is this beautiful story:
Pam works in downtown Chicago. Every morning, on her way to work, she encounters a heavyset, middle‑aged woman in a shabby coat soliciting spare change in front of an old brick church. The woman always greeted everyone with a smile and a pleasant “Good morning.” And Pam almost always gave her something. Almost a year of this routine later, however, the woman in the shabby coat disappeared. Pam wondered what had happened to her.
Then, one beautiful day, she was in front of the church again, still wearing the same, shabby coat. As Pam reached into her purse for the usual donation, the woman stopped her. “Thank you for helping me all those days,” she said. “You won’t see me again because I’ve got a job.”
With that, she reached into a bag and handed Pam a wrapped package. She had been standing at her old spot waiting, not for a handout, but for the people she recognized so that she could give each of them a doughnut.
She was being thankful.
Story Credit: LifeWay.com
Shout out to my fellow collaborators:
- Introduction (none this time around)
- Addison D’Marko: Thank You: Neuro-Science
- Barb Caffrey: Thank a Teacher Today, via Collaboration with a Purpose
- Tajwar Fatma: Journey of a lifetime- A tribute to my profession
- Ipuna Black: Thank you, Police Officers
- Sadaf Siddiqi: Thank you, Profession
- Nicolle K.: Collaboration with a Purpose: Thank You, Profession – Unsung Heroes!
- Jothish Joseph: Thank you, Profession
- Sonyo Estavillo: The Las Vegas Massacre: Honoring Our Heroes In Blue
- Mylene Orillo: Thank You, Soldiers!
- Camilla Motte:
- Divyang Shah: Thank you, Profession
NB: I’ll add to the list as they come.