Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
When my children are very young, teaching them to say "thank you" is a much more difficult task than I ever would have imagined.
They are given a toy, a treat, a compliment.
"What do you say?" I remind them.
"Thank you," they correctly respond.
I shake my head, wondering when the day will come when they will spontaneously thank someone without me having to prompt them.
That day, of course, finally arrives, but not without lengthy training.
And, while saying "thank you" is the polite thing to do, more importantly, it's the right thing to do.
Because, it paves the way for a life lived with an attitude of gratitude in all things. A positive, powerful attitude. Knowing that any gesture of kindness, no matter how small, should never be taken for granted.
Being appreciative for the generosity of others.
And, in turn, learning to be kind and generous at every opportunity.
With every breath we take.
In good times and bad. In joy and in sorrow.
Thanking the Lord for every sweet blessing. Thanking Him for being there with us in times of trial. Of pain. Of suffering.
Grateful . . .
Do you have a gratitude attitude?
Will you pray with me?
Today, Father, we simply want to thank You for everything You have so generously given to us. Let us cultivate a gratitude attitude in all times and in all places. Help us enhance the lives of others by sharing our positive, powerful, thankful attitudes with them. Amen.
Psalms 30, 32 or 42, 43