Gratitude 101

James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

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Gratitude is an attitude of repentance. Repentance is a mind-set realizing one needs to lock unto the God of the universe and change one’s thinking from a self-centered perspective into a Christ-center worldview.

To acknowledge the self as not the center of the universe and there is Someone greater than self who made everything possible, is a position of humility reflected through one’s attitude.

When one begins this journey, one finds many reasons to be thankful.

Thankful for knowing one’s blessing is not necessarily due to one’s superior talent, above average intelligence, or persuasive demeanor, but being at the right place and the proper time with the ideal people to bring it all about.

Thankful for realizing how blessed one is for being born this time in history.

Thankful for appreciating all the people in your life who contributed toward your success to date.

Thankful for knowing we are all dead trees blowing in the wind apart from God who shares His life and Spirit which enriches us every day.

Thankful for realizing everything was created by Christ for Christ and shared with us through Christ.

Thankful for appreciating our value in Christ.

Thankful for knowing the truth which leads to freedom and contentment.

Thankful for realizing your potential as a person which begins in God and comes from God and revealed through you.

Thankful for appreciating who you are in relationship with others who likewise are included in Christ.

There is much to be thankful for as we travel through the day.  For we eventually come to know and see that whatever good we see and whatever great gifts we experience, comes from the Triune God who brings it about for you and me for the purpose of truly coming to know Him.

Knowing, realizing, and appreciating Him for who He IS makes being grateful for even the everyday mundane routine activities of the day. Why? Because He is involved with you through it all.

Gratitude 101 is the basic fundamental foundation of coming to appreciate God’s involvement in your life.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Thankfulness is Repentance in Action

1 Thessalonians 5:18
…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ESV.

Do you?

Do you give thanks in every situation? When times are good, like winning the Super Bowl, it sure is easy. But what about those times when the ugly comes knocking at your door? Even worse, when the world around you is dumping their negative junk upon you? When you begin to question your identity in Christ, your gifts and strengths, and even your worth to serve others? Do you still give thanks?

When you come to realize being thankful is simply acknowledging He is in charge and not you, it takes the burden from your shoulders. When being thankful reinforces your gratitude for what the Triune God has done, is doing, and will yet complete, you come to greatly appreciate His work in your life. When your thanks refocuses your mind and soul toward your Savior and Lord, it helps keep all things in perspective.

Repentance is simply returning your focus toward God. When you repent you acknowledge your need for a Savior. When you repent your aim is to reach out for the goodness of God. Your repentance turns your mind away from self and toward your blessed hope in Jesus Christ.

Therefore, when you extend gratitude and thankfulness, you are converting your repentance into action. When you read the Biblical psalms written by King David, you see how he acknowledges his sins but always ends with thankfulness in his Lord. We do likewise.

So be thankful. Always.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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