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Nov 27

Thankfulness Changes Our Hearts

Posted on Saturday, November 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

I appreciated the insights in the two articles this week by Doug Fields and Matt McGill called How Thankfulness Changes Our Hearts.

Here’s my take on their EIGHT WAYS thankfulness and gratitude can transform our heart from the inside out.

1. THANKFULNESS RE-FOCUSES MY PERSPECTIVE

It’s easy to complain and point out problems, no one ever grumbles their way into a better attitude. Fortunately thankfulness can shift our focus to the blessings we’ve received from God. No matter how bad things get…

2. THANKFULNESS INCREASES MY HUMILITY

Every blessing in our lives is a gift from God and not something we could have created or earned on our own. Everything belongs to God, and the only way we “have” something is because of his generosity. Because of the numerous blessings received, it’s easy for a feeling of entitlement to slowly creep into our lives and darken our hearts. Thankfulness turns on the light and recognizes God as the provider for our needs.

3. THANKFULNESS BUILDS MY FAITH

Gratitude recognizes the past work of God in our lives. When we remember God’s faithfulness, we position our hearts to trust him to provide for our future.

4. THANKFULNESS CHANGES DISPAIR [sic] INTO JOY

There’s a lot of pain in this world and sometimes the ugliness is overwhelming and overpowering. Thankfulness doesn’t deny the evil, but it does open the door for joy to enter the scene. Lasting joy is a promise the world makes but can’t deliver, but when we remain in Christ, his joy is a gift for every believer.

What’s “sic”? “Sic” means “I know they made a mistake.” The word is spelled “despair”.

5. THANKFULNESS RE-ORDERS MY PRIORITIES

Being thankful helps us understand what’s REALLY important in the grand scheme of things and moves us beyond the busyness of the moment.

6. THANKFULNESS CHALLENGES OUR WANTS

Learning to be content in every situation is a measure of spiritual maturity. The power of “I WANT” is weakened in the light of “I’M THANKFUL.”

7. THANKFULNESS BREAKS THE SHACKLE OF ENVY

Few things can rob one of peace like envy. When it gets really bad, envy also destroys community by morphing into jealousy. This happens when we lose our capacity to be excited for others. This is a particularly deep and dark pit of selfishness.

8. THANKFULNESS ENHANCES OUR COMPASSION

When we are thankful for what we have, we can’t help but to have greater compassion for those who don’t.

 

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