Thanksgiving! I think I gain five pounds just thinking about it!
But seriously … it has been a very different tempo and rhythm this entire week. I have had more than a few opportunities to reflect on the up-coming holiday – and one specific word – “Gratitude.” Haley started off the week talking to me about the difference between gratitude and ingratitude – and what that looked like in her world. Gratitude came up in several other conversations with other people this week as well.
The dictionary defines it as “the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation or return kindness.” But I think it is more than that. I think gratitude requires that we take thankfulness to an action. Paul wrote in Philippians 4.11-14 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Gratitude for me this week is the fact that whatever I have, whatever is going on in my life I have all I need. The Facebook post that speaks of the spilled coffee cup as an analogy of whatever is coming from us, is exactly what we are filled with. What is your cup (heart) filled with? When life gets tough (like holiday stress) what spills out of you?
Joy, gratefulness, forgiveness, peace, humility … or anger bitterness, harsh words? I know, as I read the words, I felt more than a little conviction, downright pain, knowing my toes were being stepped on! As we go through this busy season, let each of us work on filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, affirming words, kindness and love.
Have a blessed, safe Thanksgiving.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough” Anonymous