“For what are you thankful?”

When was the last time you said “Thank You.”

Gratitude is becoming a feeling of the past. Our sense of relative deprivation continues to cloud our perception of what we have; instead we sit around and complain about what we don’t have, when in reality, most of us have quite a bit to be thankful for at this moment in our lives.

My pastor, Pete Wilson, delivered his last installment of the Better Days series at Crosspoint Community Church. Here are 3 nuggets about gratitude:

1. Gratitude is never invisible or silent.
2. Gratitude begins where you sense of entitlement ends.
3. Grateful people find a blessing or create a blessing in almost any situation.

Are you more of a complainer or do you lean towards giving thanks?

Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner I’m going to suggest that you start engaging in some gratitude exercises.

  • Start a gratitude jar. Take a Mason Jar and a pile of colorful paper. Every day write something you are grateful for on one of the sheets of paper and place it in the jar. You could put, “The grace of God.” or “Lady Antebellum’s new album” Whatever you are feeling thankful for on that day is eligible for the jar. 
  • Write a thank you note to someone who has done something nice for you. Maybe a friend hosted you at his/her home for a weekend getaway or maybe your roommate unexpectedly did your laundry. Send this person a cute little note and tell them how much you appreciate them and their kind gesture. 
  • Take the #betterdayschallenge with Crosspoint Community Church and Tweet 3 things you are grateful for—1. “Moves Like Jagger” for getting me through traffic 2. my car for getting me where I need to go 3. Scoring tickets to The Civil Wars at Ryman in January—see, it is just that easy. 
It is amazing how engaging in one of these exercises can change your whole mood into someone who is positive and grateful for all that God has done for them. 
My favorite part of Pete’s sermon is the quote below: 
Gratitude is not based on how good your situation is but on how good you see your situation to be. – Pete Wilson 
Gotta love the importance of perspective. My life could be ideal to someone else but until I start recognizing all of the good in my life then I won’t be able to express gratitude for all that I have been given by God. 
I just did my laundry and I really don’t enjoy doing laundry BUT I am grateful for the full closet of clothes that I own and the ability to wash and dry my clothing in my apartment. I know that somewhere someone would love to have even one item of new clothing to call their own and I know there are families that relish the thought of not having to launder their clothes at a laundromat. 
When you are about to go into complain mode do yourself a favor and don’t—instead, give thanks.
So what are you thankful for? Share with the class :). 
Gobble Gobble! 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

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