Discipline of Gratitude


In our fast-paced lives, it is easy to look at life as a process of attaining instead of receiving what God has for us in the way he has in mind. Our efforts are certainly important to steward our minds, capabilities and possessions well. To do our best work and be able to be generous or provide well for those in our care, we cannot lose sight of the presence of God amid our pursuits.

Grace-colored Lenses

God’s grace protects us from looking at life solely through attainment-colored lenses. Dallas Willard said “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action.” The discipline of gratitude helps us look at life through grace-colored lenses. Gratitude has been defined as being “sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to live with a grateful heart, cognizant of God’s work in my life and my abundant resources.”

It is our hope and desire that as a church we would be quick to remember God’s faithfulness and acknowledge it as such. May the Lord move our hearts from forgetfulness to gratitude and thereby transform the way we work, the way we rest, the way we serve, and the way we worship.

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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