Attitude of Gratitude

Let’s be honest! There are things that we have to do in life that we really just don’t like to do or don’t want to do for that matter. A lot of those things are things that we have to do because other people are depending on us. We do them but we might be complaining the whole time or thinking and saying, “I’ll be glad when this is over.”

Let’s take dusting for example. I dislike dusting very much. I confess that it is my least favorite chore. However, I’ve found a way to make it a little more enjoyable.

Instead of complaining about having to dust or having a bad attitude while dusting, I’ve started thanking God that I have a house and things in my house that need to be dusted. Wow! What a change that has made. I’m amazed at how just a little gratitude has transformed my attitude.

What are some things that you dislike doing? Do you hate mowing the lawn? Thank God you have a lawn to mow. Do you hate your job? Thank God you have a job that pays the bills and puts food on the table. Do you hate cooking? Thank God you have food to cook. Do you hate grocery shopping? Thank God you have money to buy groceries. See how that works?

God has plenty to say about being grateful and thankful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says we should give thanks in all circumstances. I’m guessing that household chores, jobs, mowing the lawn, cooking and grocery shopping would all fall into the category of “all circumstances.”

Psalm 107:1 says to give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. So that house we have to clean, that lawn we have to mow, that food we have to cook and that money we have to buy groceries are all a result of God’s goodness and love. I don’t know about you but I’m feeling more grateful already.

And Psalm 147:7 says to sing to the Lord with grateful praise. Singing while we work? Or how about whistling while we work (haha thinking about that cute song in Snow White). Now that will change your attitude for sure! And it’s likely to rub off on everyone else around you.

Imagine the conversations you could start with people if you were joyful while you were working. Imagine the glory it could bring to God if when they ask, “Why are you so happy?” And you tell them that you are joyful because you are thankful for all that God has provided for you.

Wow! It just goes to show that a little gratitude can go a long way. Even further than you might think.

~Patrice Maguire










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