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An Attitude of Gratitude

Monday - October 11th

Scripture to Read Today: Ephesians 5:18-21


Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,

in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:20

In any formal or informal counseling I do with others, one of the ground rules I set has to do with two words - "always" and "never." Unfortunately, words like "always" and "never" get weaponized if a marriage or other personal relationship is in trouble. When folks need input on relationships, their marriage, or other interpersonal communication, these words do little to reduce the tension.

"You never take the time to notice what I am wearing."

"You always blame me for our problems."

"I will never forgive you."

These words build walls, not bridges. They don't help at all. After I had met with a couple about their marriage for the third time, the husband asked me a simple question. He was tired of my "always" and "never" rules. He asked me if "always" ever applied to anything at all or was it "always" a weaponized word.

My answer was straightforward, "Yes, definitely, Yes!" I shared with him that "always" is a word that goes so well with being grateful. After sharing Ephesians 5:20 with him, he agreed that it was a good perspective. "Always" fits the attitude of gratitude very well. It helps us keep perspective when we have lost our way - when being ungrateful would be so easy.

Paul teaches us that we should be "Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:20). We are to be in a constant state of gratitude about everything. In today's world, that is not so easy. God knows it is good for us and those around us. An attitude that is always grateful for everything changes our fundamental outlook and spirit.

Commit to the journey of cultivating an attitude of gratitude even now, weeks away from Thanksgiving. While our world seems to give us a lot to grumble and complain about right now. Gratitude can liberate and free us. The key is "always" being grateful for "everything."

An attitude of gratitude goes a long way in helping us cope and thrive in a world full of life challenges!


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