Gratitude drives attitude.
You’ve probably heard that expression, or some variation of it. Is it true? I believe it is.
In our quest to grow like Jesus, our attitude goes a long way in determining our openness to whatever God wants to teach us. And an attitude driven by gratitude puts us in the right mind frame and heart frame.
When I start my day with prayerful gratitude and end my day with prayerful gratitude, I’m much more likely to have a grateful attitude during the inevitable challenges that come my way.
This morning, for instance, I had a frustrating customer service call with American Airlines. It was the second frustrating call with that airline in a week and one of several I’ve had with them over the last year or two. Ultimately, it was more customer disservice than service.
I’m not sure how my attitude came across to the person on the other end of the phone; frustrated, I suspect. But I am certain that my attitude was tempered by earlier prayers of gratitude. I was thankful that my wife and I were about to embark on what promised to be a wonderful trip. I was thankful for our marriage. For our health. For the chance to spend time with my mother, my brother, and my sister-in-law. For … lots of things.
As an exercise in gratitude, I challenged myself several weeks ago to think of different areas in my life in which I need to regularly thank God for the blessings He’s poured out on me. I challenged myself to think of five things in each category. As you might expect, I had no shortage of things for which I should be grateful.
How are you expressing your gratitude? I’d challenge you to start by expressing it in prayer and then by expressing it to the people around you. See what a difference it makes in your attitude and in your life.
If you need some categories, here are some of the ones I came up with …
Attributes of God, things I love about my wife, places we’ve been, times God has seen me through something painful, friends who love me for who I am not what I do, relatives, teachers, foods, smells, songs, events, personality traits, accomplishments, challenges that stretched me, clients, possessions, gifts I’ve given, gifts I’ve received, …
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