Why is gratitude to difficult to maintain?
A frequent refrain in the Psalms is:
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever. (Psalms 107:1)
The Apostle Paul commands:
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18)
Many of us have worked on or are working on developing a habit of gratitude, and it’s surprisingly hard work! Whether it’s the practice of “3 Good Things” each night before bed or replacing complaint with grateful speech, gratitude takes focus and practice.
But then again what good thing doesn’t take focus and practice? We expect to put out effort in learning to play an instrument, becoming good at a sport, or learning to drive, don’t we? We set aside time and concentrate during the activity because it’s something we think is important and are willing to learn about. We are willing to work past the awkward stage.
Maybe we allow ourselves to be put off by the awkward stage of replacing complaint with gratitude.
Feeling awkward today? The LORD is your shepherd. What do you lack?
God, please turn my attention to what is good and right and true. Give me words of thanks and praise today. Amen.
Pastor Mark loves his wife and grown children, the Word of God, and words. And coffee,
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7)
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