Thoughts on Gratitude

Thoughts on Gratitude

In my morning routine of going through my email inbox, i discovered these simple yet poignant thoughts about Gratitude from Casey Graham, CEO of the Rocket Company. Join with me in reading, and reflecting on Gratitude & then be thankful for growth in the ways of Jesus.

“If you’re at all like me, it’s easier to be ungrateful than it is to be thankful—it’s just our natural bent to be that way.

Practicing gratitude is a bit of a challenge. Why? Because it requires effort. It’s NOT what comes naturally.

“When we practice gratitude and begin dwelling on the goodness of God, and how He’s blessed us, that gratitude purges all the negativity in us.” —Chris Tomlin

1. The more you grow, the more you should thank. Why? Because the “higher up” we go in life, the more self-centered we tend to become.

2. You are not the sole source of your achievements.

3. Whatever (and whomever) we appreciate, appreciates. Unfortunately, the people closest to us are often the ones we appreciate the least (family, friends, church volunteers and staff, donors..etc).

4. People are attracted to people who practice gratitude.

5. Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have.

6. Taking yourself too seriously causes you to not be able to break away from your “world” and recognize the value in other people. This basically becomes a barrier to gratitude.

7. Cicero said “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” And, Paul said in Philippians 4:6-8 to “be anxious about nothing but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving to let our requests be made known to God.”

8. Share something you are grateful for or someone you are grateful to someone today.

9. “Count your blessings” as the hymn says.

10. Are you practicing gratitude?”

Adapted from an article from Casey Graham, CEO/Founder, The Rocket Company

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