August 2, 2012
Hebrews 12:28 starts out by saying, "Therefore let us be grateful...." Gratitude is such a powerful feeling, emotion, decision. Sadly, we all too often leave gratitude up to our feelings and emotions, which means gratitude will come and go in our lives, but when we make gratitude a decision it will appear regularly and precisely when we need it most.
Why am I bringing this up you might ask. Well as I was studying today in the Starbucks that my daughter, Abbey, works at, I would catch myself looking at her working away and feel a flood of gratitude to God for my daughter. Then that gratitude acted like a catalyst for me to think about my gratitude for my other two kids, Alec and Audrey. Then it flowed into gratitude for my wife, Annette, and on to my parents, and then onto my friends, and my past and where God has brought me to this day. WOW! Gratitude can be contagious! It can spread like wildfire if we let it. It can take over our thought life if we choose to think that way.
Gratitude can either flow from our emotions or we can decide to be grateful and let it flow to our emotions. One is more powerful and consistent than the other one. Guess which one is more powerful.