The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

A woman clasps her hands to her heart in gratitude

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.—Psalm 92:1 KJV

Gloria’s friends often feel sorry for her—she provides seemingly tireless care for her ailing husband and doesn’t have time for outings or special events. But when her friends ask her about it, Gloria tells them, “I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I have too much for which to be thankful!”

“Being thankful” doesn’t mean we live in denial of our problems—nor does it minimize the fact that life can sometimes be very hard. But God’s Word does tell us to give thanks—in all circumstances. Gloria knows that the purpose of gratefulness is transformational. It gives us perspective on our situation, keeps us from feeling sorry for ourselves, teaches us to rely on God, and reminds us that all we have comes from Him.

Hardships help us to grow. Even when we feel we have nothing else for which to give thanks, we can be grateful that God loves us enough to want to make us more like Him.

Let’s take a moment today to count our blessings. We may find we’re so busy being grateful that we won’t have time to feel bad.

Today's Prayer:

Father, thank You for the ways You reveal yourself to me. Thank You for the many blessings You have given me and that I can always think of something for which to be grateful.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts