Will you make a list of what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving? Will you talk about it at your dinner table? It's sweet and refreshing and a good way to evaluate our lives, but can we take the warm fuzzy feeling a step further?
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John F. Kennedy
Can we learn to LIVE in our gratitude?
Living in gratitude means on a tense Monday morning with my family (those I thank God for every day) I zip my lip when I'd rather let someone have it. I thank God for my husband by showing him grace and not nagging him when other obligations push home projects to the bottom of his list. My gratitude for my dear mother is expressed by drawing from her excellent example when raising my own children. If I praise God for my church, the lonely woman I encounter there gets a listening ear. If I am grateful for my home, I open it up to others. I make time for the treasured relationships He's given me. If I am thankful for His word, I do what it tells me.
Passing on the love and grace we've received in our every day is the highest form of appreciation to a loving, giving God.
What are you thankful for? How you can live out your gratitude?
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