Gratitude Is a Discipline Before It’s a Feeling

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Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2 Cor. 9:15

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Col. 2:6-7

(Friends, as you pray with me this morning, personalize this prayer.)

Heavenly Father, I’ve come to realize that gratitude is a discipline before it’s a feeling. Indeed, the best way to wage war against fear, whining and envy is to remember the great riches you’ve given us in Christ, and the many good things you’ve given us as a loving Father. So here I go, as this May day begins.

I want to express thanks for the inexpressible gift of the gospel. As my fingers move across my keyboard this morning, not just my fingers, but also my whole being is hidden in Christ. You’ve forgiven all my sins and robed me in Jesus’ righteousness; you’ve rooted me in your love and I’m standing in your grace.

Nothing will separate me from your love or keep me out of heaven. Jesus is always praying for me and the Holy Spirit is constantly telling my heart how much you love me. Why would I ever complain about anything? But there’s more.

Father thanks for clothing and a home, a comfortable bed and plenty of food. May I never assume the right to such blessings. Thank you for my family and friends, a vocation and vacations. Thank you for a “gospel posse” with which to share life and struggles, grow in grace and serve Jesus.

Thank you for the taste of great crab cakes and the texture of key lime pie, for my grandsons’ grins and the music of the 60’s. Father, thank you that one Day you’ll put everything right, make all things new, and wipe every tear. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.

 

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