Cultivating Gratitude

Everyone has something to be thankful for. I don’t think there is a person alive who would disagree with that statement. We can be grateful for the big things and the small things, in the good times and in the bad times, for past blessings and for future opportunities. Everyone has something to be thankful for. If this is true, then why do we struggle sometimes to be thankful? Why are we so good at finding the one negative in all the positive. Why are we so good at seeing the dot on the paper, but missing all the white space?

The Bible is so clear in 1 Thessalonians 5:18: "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." It is actually part of God’s plan for our life to be thankful. Wow! Think about that! No matter what unique plan God has for your life, a part of that plan is to be thankful. Gratitude is an action. It is something we do, it is something we develop.

A way to develop gratitude in your life is to take 30 seconds each day to look around you and ask yourself, "What do I have to be thankful for right now?" I would challenge you to to set a time each day and stop for 30 seconds, look around, and find one thing to be be thankful for. Do it for seven days in a row and see how it helps you cultivate gratitude.