Did you know that people who describe themselves as feeling grateful tend to suffer less stress and depression than the rest of the population?
For all its benefits, gratitude doesn’t come naturally to us.
I was reminded of a time when Jesus passed through a village, he was spotted by ten lepers who desperately longed to be healed (Luke 17:11-19). They kept themselves at a distance as required by law but cried out to him, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” Instead of instantly healing the men, Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priest. As the ten lepers walked off to obey, their skin disease disappeared.
Only one of the men turned around, shouting praises to God as he came back to Jesus. He threw himself at his benefactor’s feet. Jesus expressed amazement that only one man had thought to thank him. “Were not all ten cleansed?” he asked. “Where are the other nine?”
So many times in life we experience God's grace and goodness, but far too often we never go back to say THANKS. Take some time today and say thanks for all the ways that God has blessed your life!