Cultivating Gratitude

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We know it to be true; you reap what you sow (Gal. 6:6). But not only do we reap what we sow, we reap after we sow and reap many times more than we sow. One seed, given enough time and the right conditions, can produce abundantly more than the original seed.

This weekend we celebrate the one time of year when this should come natural to us. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time when we pause, thank God for His blessings and for the people around us. It’s a time for parents to teach the important lesson of gratitude and counting one’s blessings.

But if thankfulness has not been cultivated in your life the other 364 days of the year, one weekend or one family dinner will not make a difference. You will still find yourself wanting for more of what others have or focusing on what you do not have. You might be stuffed with pumpkin pie and turkey, but overflowing with ingratitude. It won’t be a pretty sight. 

That’s because first and foremost, gratitude is a spiritual characteristic. It’s even part of the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in your life (Eph. 5:17-20) and part of a life that pleases God.

Take some time each day to give thanks to God for His blessing and your life. Model this to others around and you will find that they change, because you’ve planted and cultivated something that affects every day, not just the holiday we’ve called Thanksgiving.