The dictionary defines gratitude as:
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Readiness. Are we always ready “to show appreciation for and to return kindness”? We should be but admittedly, I know I’m guilty of not always returning that kindness immediately, and more importantly to the One who deserves it most.
A good example of that happened this past weekend. My husband and I helped move our son and his family to a new apartment. Instead of being grateful to the Lord for providing them an affordable home with more living space, and closer proximity to their jobs and my grandson’s new preschool, my heart was ungrateful. I focused on the thorns rather than the blessings of what that move meant.
But then 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminded me:
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
This week on “FamilyLife Today,” author Mary Mohler (wife of Al Mohler) joins Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine to explain that a heart of gratitude isn’t an option for the Christian–in fact, it should be something we practice daily. In this 3-day series Mary will take a biblical look at the gratitude robbers that are stealing our joy as well as share a powerful story of what it means to thank God for the thorns in our life. Given the season that is upon us (and my weekend of ungratefulness), this Growing in Gratitude series (airing 11/5-7) is more than timely. And coinciding with these broadcasts, FamilyLife has posted an article from Mary Mohler on Gratefulness in the Small Things (like water and electricity!).
There’s more great programming ahead in November on parenting, marriage, adoption too—all providing help and hope to listeners, no matter what stage of life they’re in. You can find all the details when you download this month’s Program Tool Kit.
No time like now to say how deeply grateful we are for your partnership with FamilyLife. Your work in building godly marriages and families in your community is needed now more than ever. If there’s anything more we can do to undergird those efforts, please do let us know.