Live Differently

I am grateful. I know that I have been blessed with many things and in the top 1% in the world financially. I have a warm home, where I can turn the heat up when I get cold. I have plenty to eat (too much to eat!) I have a closet full of clothes and shoes. I get a paycheck twice a month. I carry a computer in my pocket and I’ve already got a boatload of Christmas gifts purchased and under my bed. I have a wonderful husband who loves me.

I try to be grateful every day. Before I fall asleep each night, I think of at least 3 things I’m thankful for from the day. A sunset, a laugh with a friend, a special treat.

We want to live a life where we are grateful for all God has given us. Paul writes in his letter to the Thessalonians: pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thess 5:17-18)

But is being grateful enough? Does being grateful change me? It’s one thing to realize that I am blessed and to be truly thankful. Perhaps it’s another thing to be transformed by gratitude and live differently.

How might I live differently because I am grateful? I can treat the people who serve me with kindness and respect and look them in the eye – from grocery baggers to fire fighters. I can focus on what I need rather than what I want and try to reduce what I consume. I can be moved to action to help others. I can worship and praise God with every breath I take.

I don’t want to sit back and enjoy being grateful. I want being thankful to move me and push me out into the world following Jesus with mercy and grace.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 so that we might be moved beyond gratitude to worship and service.

Father, you are the giver of all things, help us move from simply being thankful to living and acting in gratitude. Amen. 

Grace and peace, 

Vikki


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