The Good News of God’s Gift of Gratitude
NOTHING worth in this life seems to be in vain, but the best things are in vain. We only need hands and hearts big enough to receive and hold them.
With hands and hearts brave enough to ask for gratitude in faith, hearts are kindled and hands filled.
God does not give much. All true gifts are spiritual and truly come from above, and each of them is perfect, which means that in more than human minds, they can be imagined, full of abundance and thoroughly good. And God's gifts are neither depreciated nor corrupted:
"Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, comes from above, from the Father of Light, with whom there is no change or shadow caused by change."
– James 1:17 (NRSV)
In direct contrast to our human weakness of being "driven and thrown by the wind" (James 1: 6), God is absolutely reliable in every way. The fact that God gives gifts in this way is in itself a gift.
When we are grateful, the rest of our mental, emotional and spiritual lives are in danger. Gratitude is all about properly adjusting our perspective. Our well-being is in harmony with whatever may be; Gratitude puts us in a position to endure reality.
The gift of gratitude is only available through God. Only by fully assessing the limits of humanity can we truly understand that we must attribute everything to God for everything.
About the gift of gratitude
All this is true when God gives us the gift of gratitude. Of all the gifts we are grateful for, the gift of gratitude is worth as much as anything else because it brings forth in us the fruit of joy and peace.
Gratitude is a gift, as are all the gifts of God that continue to give.
A gift that keeps on giving is a gift that is maintained. Only God can give us what we need to be truly thankful, because when we follow Jesus, the gratitude comes.