Imagine practicing gratitude and being rewarded…just by the good feeling we get by doing it. We all know to say thank you. Some of us even know we should mean it!
As we get older we learn to look for things to be thankful for. We have more, share more and notice when others act ungrateful or entitled. Who knew our children would do to us what we did to our parents?
Why Is Gratitude Its Own Reward?
So how can gratitude be its own reward? Don’t we have to keep sucking it up and give thanks even when it looks like there is nothing to be thankful for?
There’s a reason all scriptures tell us to give thanks. Gratitude changes our energy. It literally rewires our brains. Instead of poor me we think wonderful them and the gifts they give us.
We become accustomed to receiving gifts, both literally and spiritually. Receiving is like a muscle we can develop. It’s a state of being we can “feel” into existence. Give thanks for compliments for they are gifts, too, the gift of acknowledgment and admiration. Inevitably, those who practice gratitude are given more for which to be grateful.
How Do We Practice Gratitude Even When We Are Not Grateful?
A state of gratitude may be unrecognizable to us. We may not feel much to be grateful for. Many of us have lost our homes, careers, retirement funds and medical coverage. Our children can’t afford education or find jobs. The world is in turmoil, with wars ongoing and about to break out. Corruption and looting are everywhere, with no one left to believe in.
Gratitude is a lifesaver in times like these. Concentrate on what you have left, not what you have lost. The very worst losses usually have a gift for us. PRACTICE just like you’d practice the piano or work out with dumbbells.
Gratitude Is A Lifesaver
Give thanks you have insurance if your house burnt down. Give thanks you have beautiful children if your husband runs off with another. Give thanks you have so much to eat if you are struggling with your weight. Give thanks if you have a job and are able-bodied enough to rebuild your retirement.
Thank God for your children and know their generation will create new ways of earning livings and transform the present economy. If you are paying high taxes, be grateful you earn enough to pay taxes! Many people today would love to have back that job they hated and a tax bill, too.
Gratitude Is Its Own Reward
There’s another lucky twist on gratitude. Give thanks in advance for that which you wish to receive. Enjoy that feeling of having it and wait for it to come into being. This gratitude will truly be its own reward as it says in Philippians 4:6:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)
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