Friday, April 16, 2010

Day 14: The Gift - Thanking Those Around You

Thanking Those Around You - Based on One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook
Life Lesson (from journal): "When we are thankful, we become content and full of the peace that only He can provide. Focusing on how grateful we are for what we have prevents us from becoming bitter and greedy for more."
Biggest reasons for gratitude: no longer slaves to sin; my labor in the Lord is not in vain; that we may live worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way. He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness. God has taken his power and began to reign.
(Points To Ponder, from journal): "What are some of our biggest reasons for gratitude? (Romans 6:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57; Colossians 1:10-14; Revelation 11:16-17)
Why is This?: Why is giving thanks to people important? How does it relate to giving thanks to God?
My Answer: If people receive your thanks then they see God's love within you. God is able to use my vessel to advance his purpose.
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy
 Why is This?: What differences can gratitude make in your life? (Psalm 50:23; Ephesians 5:3-4; Philippians 4:6-7)
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust
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     Father, I know how good it makes me feel when someone is truly grateful for something I've given them or done for them. I feel appreciated, valued, wanted.
     I want to make You feel that way more often. I'm sorry for my ingratitude. Open my eyes and adjust my focus. Sensitize my heart to Your many blessings.
     So many people bless me in so many ways...every day. Please help me remember to give them the gift of gratitude a lot more than I have been.

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