Friday, April 13, 2007

The discipline of gratitude

It's rare that I quote an entire post on this blog. It's just about as rare that someone packs so much truth into so few words as Mark Frost does in this post:
Just a quick little truism: gratitude gives birth to joy, and joy gives rise to generosity. And gratitude is a decision. But it's more than a single decision. It's a discipline, in the sense that training for an athletic event is a discipline. It is a single-minded focus that governs many other decisions. You don't become a grateful person by accident. It's the result of hundreds of seemingly inconsequential decisions to choose thankfulness over griping, complaining and bitterness. But the fruit of those decisions is really sweet: a rich source of joy within and a spirit of generosity that blesses others.
Amen.

4 Comments:

Blogger Dan Edelen said...

Milton,

Very early on in my blogging career, I made it a priority to thank people who link to anything I write. It's the way I show my gratitude for those who take the time to read what I write.

I think that ingratitude defines America. We may show our gratitude more than some other nations, but still not enough. The very fact that so many Americans have an attitude that they deserve all the good that comes their way proves the point.

God promises food, shelter, and clothing. Everything else is gravy. If things should turn ugly in this country (say, another depression), I pray that we in the Church are not only ready to face it, but face it with thankfulness. If we're not preparing for that day, taking time to be thankful in the little, then we won't be able to give thanks when we face losing everything we have but the clothes on our backs.

11:16 AM, April 13, 2007  
Blogger Brian J. Mann said...

Thanks for the post. I was recently reflecting on this discipline and found it to be missing in my life. After reading Colossians, I was spurred on to thank God more for what He has done and is doing and is going to do. It definitely is owing to who He is but Oh, how often I neglect to give thanks! Good words, I need the constant encouragement and I am sure others do as well. Thank God for you and your ministry to us. Blessings.

6:34 PM, April 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly. I pray it doesn't take a depression or some other calamity to bring out the best in the church in the U.S.

12:22 PM, April 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your kind words, Brian. Praise God that he used Colossians to spur you on to a deeper sense of gratitude. Peace.

Milton

12:23 PM, April 15, 2007  

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