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Gratitude, Gratitude

by millerk on November 2nd, 2010

Gratitude, Gratitude, What’s Your Attitude? [Written by KULucas]
It’s been said that “your attitude determines your altitude”.  I believe that’s especially true of the believer. How can we “mount up with wings as eagles” (Is.40: 31) if we are consumed with cares and burdens and are ungrateful?  Gratitude helps us in so many ways. It gives a more positive frame of reference thus helping our mood. We can see things with spiritual eyes that we otherwise might have missed if we’re focused on the trials in the circumstances.

As a believer at Atonement, I’ve thought of thirteen reasons for thanksgiving:
1) A bishop who seems to take a genuine interest in our welfare.
2) A dedicated priest who greatly loves his congregation.
3) A lay pastoral leader who “wears many hats” and who also is a very loving leader.
4) A secretary who volunteers her time and is committed to serving wherever needed.
5) A husband and wife team who not only served as treasurers, but also head up the Angel Food Ministry.
6) Several hard working lay ministers.
7) A group of youth who serve where needed.
8) A music leader who also “wears many hats” serving tirelessly.
9) A food pantry team unparalled in service to the community.
10) A mission vestry also dedicated to serving in whatever capacity needed in the church.
11) A body of believers, the vast majority of whom serve in one or more capacities
12) A paid for parish hall
13) A heated and air-conditioned facility for services. (I’ve heard of a country where people had to walk for miles to sit on stone steps to hear a spiritual seminar)
Being grateful doesn’t mean we have our heads in the sand or deny our circumstances. It simply means we don’t have to be ruled and governed by them. God is still great and He’s still on the throne! Let’s not be like the Israelites who took forty years to make an eleven day journey!!!! How did they ruin their trip? Murmuring, grumbling, and complaining. In effect they were telling God they didn’t really love Him and trust Him as they should have.
Thank God we are under a new and better covenant! Thank God our righteousness doesn’t depend on our “righteous deeds”, but upon who we are in Christ! Thank God we still have a shot at the Promised Land!
As the scripture song goes:
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint. Teach me Lord. Teach me Lord to WAIT! (From Is. 40:31)

(Whoever said that 13 is an unlucky number must not have even touched a bible. The most famous chapter in it was the “love” chapter. 1 Cor. 13.!)
Thought to ponder: The seeds of discontent cannot take root in a grateful heart.

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