So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
I didn't win the powerball, but I feel like I've won life's lottery. Someone to love me, a warm home, the love of my animal babies, a good job. People and friends who truly care about me. MUSIC!!!!! Music, and the wonderful musical family of pros that have taken this amateur in. Too blessed! I hope to help someone, some people this year to make a difference in their lives, as so many have made in mine. ~Barry Evan Russ
When I read high-school friend, Barry's, recent post on Facebook, I am overwhelmed by his glorious flood of words, encompassing and embracing an incomparable Gratitude Attitude. It's not about what Barry hopes to have that makes life great, it's his knowledge and understanding of what he's been given, unconditionally, that not only makes him grateful, but inspires him to turn right around and do his best to give of himself to others.
A Gratitude Attitude.
Yes! When we take time to stop in the midst of our busy lives, truly stop, and reflect upon all the amazing blessings God has given us, how can we not feel grateful for it all? How can we not, in turn, give back to others?
Pay it forward.
As God, through Christ Jesus, did for us.
Loved us so much, in the face of our shortcomings, our failures, our hypocrisy.
God gave. We received.
Or did we?
Are we, like Barry, taking a personal inventory of our blessings? Are we giving thanks for the feast spread before us, or are we complaining and whining because our favorite dessert has been left off the menu?
Do we focus on the shortfalls in the present, or do we see God's promise in the eternal?
Friends, as St. Paul urges us, let us continue to live our lives in gratitude for the precious life Jesus sacrificed for us and for our sins.
May our lives ever testify to God's love and may our hearts, like Barry's, overflow with thankfulness.
That's the best lottery any of us could ever win.
Prayer: Father, we pray to be overflowing with thankfulness for all the gifts and graces You pour upon our daily lives. We are too blessed! Let us, even in the dark days, choose to have faith that You are ever working all things for good for those who trust in You. Strengthen us in our faith, and let us, with Your guidance, make all the difference in the lives of others. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.