Living a Life of Gratitude

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and overlook God's glorious gifts.

By Lisa Watson, Youngsville, North Carolina

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“I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime.” Ecclesiastes 3:12 (NASB)

Are we truly aware of just how much there is for us to be thankful and joyful about? God is everywhere. He created the Earth and His handiwork can be seen everywhere: in the air we breathe, the grass we run through at play, the mountains we scale and marvel over and the million other awe-inspiring miracles across the globe.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind that you can’t see the forest for the trees. It’s too easy to go through life only concerned about what you’re doing five minutes, an hour or a day from now without taking a moment to revel in all that the Lord has placed before us. To give thanks for the graces that He has bestowed upon everyone that is willing to accept them.

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The Lord commands us to rejoice and to spread that joy like a light over our family, friends and the people whose lives we touch in our lifetime. We aren’t supposed to hoard our gifts and good fortune. We are supposed to give freely of our time, wealth, faith and happiness. In other words, we are to give of ourselves wholeheartedly.

Faith step: Read Psalm 118 and rejoice in the life the Lord has given you. Are you using that life to help yourself and others? If not, there’s no time like the present!