Constant State of Gratitude

Imagine if every single moment, every day, you spent in thoughtful consideration of what it is you are most grateful for.

A moment is just 60 seconds. But each second ticks by rather quickly … 1, 1000, 2, 1000, 3, 1000… and so on… I keep thinking it will be easy, but it’s not. Sometimes, even beginning each day with gratitude and gratefulness is a challenge, so how can I manage this as a constant state?

I know it’s good for me, “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”- Ralph H. Blum. Maybe the suggestion of putting on my “gratitude glasses” is warranted. How much does it take for me to see my own experiences and events with appreciation, or joy? Especially, when things are hard, or circumstances of life are changing? But, isn’t that just a question of whether we allow that challenge to be something for which we are grateful? I think being able to be thankful for things that challenge us, leads to a better outlook, and a better disposition, allowing us to be grateful for all things.

Perhaps, being grateful is something that comes more easily when it is a semi-constant state. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Susan Thompson

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