A grateful heart anywhere, anytime.
God has given us every reason to be grateful in any season we encounter. He’s given us the best gift and Jesus is always a reason to be thankful. A grateful attitude cultivates a positive and humble attitude.
The danger of complaining
However, during difficult times you can be prone to complain. Did you know that complaining is contagious? Be careful to watch your tongue so you don’t get the complaining virus.
In fact, when one person complains it’s almost expected that another person joins in the conversation and complains too. It’s easy to spot the problem and see what’s wrong when we’re on the outside.
Complaining can cultivate an ungrateful and negative attitude which can be contagious if you’re not careful. Although complaining may be contagious, gratefulness is much more contagious!
“Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold.” –Anonymous
Here are some ways to cultivate a grateful heart.
Start a Gratitude Journal
Find a notebook you can use to specifically note down things you are grateful for. Your journal does not have to be fancy or “perfect”. If you write in bullet points, you can create a list of things. If you’d like, you can number it and just be amazed at how many things you have to be grateful for every day.
You can write in your gratitude journal when you wake up each morning. This way, your day starts with a grateful heart and it can help put things into perspective.
When times get tough, it can be hard to be grateful. However, this is the most crucial time for you to consistently write in your gratitude journal. There’s always something to be thankful for!
Meditate on God’s Goodness
Take a minute. Pause. Reflect on God’s goodness. Can you imagine all He has done for you? All that He’s got in store for you? Everyone’s busy, going from here to there – try to catch a breath and breathe in God’s goodness and favour in your life.
It’s easy to forget and get distracted but it’s important to reflect on such things. When you take a step back to reflect, it can be easier to see all the things you have to be grateful for.
Write down memories
Memories are a great way to remember God’s faithfulness. Take a flashcard or a piece of paper and write down a memory of how God’s shown up for you. You can be as specific as you’d like and detail the emotions and the circumstances. When you walk down memory lane, it can help you cultivate a grateful heart because it reminds you that God is faithful yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Express gratitude tangibly
Show your thankfulness by sending a card, giving a gift or simply praying for someone in your circle. Share with your family, friends and coworkers how grateful you are for them and all the things God has done in your life.
Grateful heart in every season
Is it possible to be grateful in every season? With God, YES it is absolutely possible! Cultivating a grateful heart does not happen overnight. Practicing gratefulness in your life will take time, but be patient because it is well worth it.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4)
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