Gratitude has POWER!
Recent studies have shown that practicing gratitude leads to a healthier, more fulfilling, others-centered life. People who focus on what they are thankful for (versus those who dwell on hassles and frustrations) are in a better place than those who don't. They are less likely to get sick and are more active, hopeful, and thoughtful of other people.
God desires that those of us who follow Him exhibit a grateful heart. For example, the Psalms tell us, "It is good to give thanks to the Lord" (Psalm 92:1). In the New Testament, Paul encouraged his fellow Christians to be "thankful in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Could it be that one of the reasons the Bible lifts up the importance of thankfulness is for the mutual benefit of others and us? It definitely appears that way! Apparently, being thankful is better for all concerned. In the end, gratitude produces enriched people who want to spread the love and joy of God to others.
How will your Gratitude overflow today?