Attitude of Gratitude

23 Jun


Once we were visiting our son, Steve, his wife, Hannah, and their two girls, Shaye and Kayden.  When we say down to eat, Kayden asked to say the blessing which turned out to be a song with hand movements that she led us through.  Halfway through the meal, she stopped us and announced we needed to pray again.  “After all,” she said, “when He gives us a lot we have to thank Him a lot!”

She’s right!  We see the key to not being anxious in the following verse:

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

My personal paraphrase is:  Worry not; pray instead.  While that’s catchy, it’s missing a key ingredient:  thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving, or gratitude, speaks of the attitude we should have when we pray.  Mike often says that the degree of our gratitude is a simple measure of our spiritual health.  The Greek word for thanksgiving is eucharistía and is the word used today for Holy Communion which is the highest act of thanksgiving.  During communion we focus on our thankfulness for Christ’s sacrificial death and his multitudinous mercies toward us.  Here’s a portion of my thankfulness list today.  I’d love to hear some things you are grateful for!

  • The safe delivery of our new grandaughter, Georgia Vaill Stevens, last week;
  • A relaxing day in the country in North Georgia;
  • Mike is having fun golfing with my brother;
  • Jesus loves me—always!

Next:  More about Philippians 4:6

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