There is a WikiHow article entitled, “How to Live a Long Life.” Here is no. 9 from that list:
Write a gratitude list. When you write a gratitude list, you will feel much better about yourself and you won’t think about what you don’t have. When you focus on what you have now, you attract more good things into your life. You will live longer because gratitude makes you feel happy.
The secular world has developed an affinity for the concept of ‘servant leadership.’ But where on earth does such a model come from? And who was the ultimate ‘servant leader?’
The secular world has also developed an affinity for the idea of ‘trust’ – which we could even call ‘faith’ if we were so inclined. While faith can play a part in most religions, we know how important it is to Christian faith (Hebrews 11:6).
There is an axiom: “cultivate an attitude of gratitude.” Where it came from, I don’t know. I first heard a preacher say it. But this is the thing. I have been a conservative, Bible-believing, Sabbath-keeping Christian for my entire adult life – and in that time I have had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with many people who believe in completely opposite directions to myself. And you know something? Many of my secular associates and friends are more consistently grateful to a Something or Someone or even a God they do not know and have never met than many of my Christian brethren (of both sexes, multiple ethnicities and equally multiple denominations).
While it is true that this ‘point’ above is in fact worded in a very utilitarian way – i.e. one is encouraged to be grateful for what one has now as an effective means of getting more, there are many folk who would deny Christ but still accept that one would need to be grateful on its own terms for what they have, regardless of their prospects of increase. But here’s the thing: genuine gratitude can only be manifested through praise, and when God is the one being praised, that is no longer mere praise. That is WORSHIP!
If we want to be true worshippers of God, then we need to be as consistently grateful as possible – or else we simply cannot praise God and retain any integrity whatsoever.
So this is your moment: how truly emotively grateful are you for what you have? If you were to take the advice of Psalm 46:10 and use the quiet to ask yourself in the presence of the Lord how much you really value Him for who His is as well as what He does and what he gives – would you find transparent gratitude? Or would your heart reveal what you would never want anyone to find out about – friend or foe?
Originally published on another blog; click here for the link.