Saying thanks is one thing. Being grateful is another. People who are grateful are happier. They’re more generous. They’re more resilient. So that means we have to take time to notice our blessings. God has already done so much. If we take time to notice it and pause to say thanks to God, we change. We become […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 6: Just to Say Thanks, pt. 2"
Even if we are in the practice of gratitude, this world has a way of pulling us back into practicing despair. It has a way of knocking us down and convincing us that things ultimately will stay as they are. Practicing gratitude is about believing that things will be different. It’s expecting things to be […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 5: Expecting Different"
Haven’t we all imagined what we’d do if we won the lottery? Haven’t we all dreamed of having a fortune? The Gospel of Luke is all about fortune. It’s about a reversal of fortune, of what it means to be a people of God’s fortune. It’s also about what causes us to miss out on God’s fortune. […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 3: Give and It Will Be Given to You"
Give thanks in every situation…what a pie-in-the-sky thing to say. And yet Paul said this is God’s will for us in Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Paul practiced what he preached, too. He practiced. Paul practiced giving thanks when he was in jail. He practiced it when people betrayed him. He practiced it in all situations. And practicing […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 2: In Every Situation"
Saying Thank You isn’t so difficult (although even that can be a practice we neglect). Valuing the spiritual practice of gratitude is all but impossible for us. Because gratitude can’t really fuel our life of faith in Jesus, can it? And yet that is exactly what the Apostle Paul seems to suggest in his final instructions to […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 1"