An Attitude of Gratitude

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to 'Dee's Thoughts'. I am reminded today of just how many blessings I have received from others and from God. I never want to take these blessings for granted but rather have a grateful heart. Many times I think we all forget just how many blessings we receive everyday that we don't always recognize at the time. Here is a story I want to share with you:

Here in the United States, we have so very much to be grateful for, more things than we can even fathom. I'm reminded of a wealthy Texan who was in the habit of giving his father unique gifts every father's day. One year it was hang-gliding lessons.  The year before it was the entire record collection of Slim Whitman's Hits, autographed by the singer himself. But this past year he had outdone himself. He purchased a rare kind of South American bird, called the translator. This bird could speak five languages and sing "Yellow Rose of Texas" in any key while standing on one foot. The talented bird cost $10,000, but felt it was worth every penny. This would be the Father's Day gift his dad would never forget.  

A week after Father's Day he called his father. "Dad, how did you like the bird?" His father responded, "It was delicious." We have so much that sometimes we can't see the great value of all God has given us. That is ingratitude.

Francis Schaeffer once said, "The beginning of man's rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart. It is such an attitude that sees one- self as the source of their own strength, happiness, and prosperity. We, as Christians, are influenced by this sentiment and live with the ever-present danger of thinking that we are what we are, or have what we have, solely because of what we have done. It is an attitude that runs against scriptural teaching and is inconsistent with the Spirit-filled life.

We are so often tempted to see nothing but our own reality. It takes little more than a brief trip to another country to be reminded of the great blessings we as a nation and as individuals have received. Lord remind us all how much we receive everyday and help us to have an attitude of gratitude.

Blessings, Dee