"When we take simple blessings for granted as if they were owed to us, or conversely, when we start to think that our house, our car, our wardrobe, or our general station in life is beneath what we deserve, ingratitude finds all the oxygen it needs to thrive.
So how do we cultivate a life of gratitude? There are many ways to cultivate gratitude, here are a few:
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Of Whiners and Worshipers
There are unmistakable differences in the personalities and temperaments of those with whom we do life. The extrovert vs. the introvert, the planner vs. the spontaneous, the thrifty vs. the spender. These differences and others can drive us crazy, but they also add the balance and spice to our lives that is needed. One spice we can do without though is the whiner. The complaining spirit. I rarely throw away a spice, but the whiner in me must go. It cannot blend, it cannot coexist, with worship and gratitude.
The blind hymn writer, Fanny Crosby, came to know this at the very young age of eight. She wrote,
Oh, what a happy child I am, although I cannot see,
She made the decision early in life that resulted in the treasure we have today of over eight thousand hymns. What difference might it make in your life and in mine if, like Fanny Crosby, we were to cast out the bitter, complaining spirit and embrace the spirit of gratitude and worship? To look at the past and the present while recognizing the hand of God, and therefore lift our hearts and hands in praise as we look forward with anticipation to what the future holds? I don’t think I have the talent to write eight thousand hymns, but through a grateful spirit, God is able to work other miracles.
I want to be a worshiper.
To understand where we fall on the whiner/worshiper scale, let’s look at these six differences between the two and ask ourselves, "Am I going to choose to be a whiner or a worshiper today?".
Refresh a soul by choosing gratitude!
Are you going to choose to be a whiner or a worshiper today?
Christian Gratitude Journal for Women
This Christian Gratitude Journal for Women is produced by Pretty Simple Press. It's a 52-week inspirational guide to a life with more prayer and less stress.
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