We are vastly again, entering the holiday season. When I was a wee bit younger, this time of the year brought me so much joy. The cooler weather (well, the minimum cool air we get here in Florida), the songs about being jolly and bright, and being surrounded by loved ones and most of all, GIFTS. Yet, as I have gotten older and now the age 22, my “holiday perspective” I will call it, has drastically changed. I no longer desire to receive, I desire to give. I desire to be full of gratitude. Which displays while I am calling this blog post ” Designed for Gratitude.” God is a vast, mysterious God. But he is also welcoming and full of love. So, it is no wonder he designed our hearts to be full of praise, worship, and gratitude. So the question you may ask is, “why are we designed for gratitude?”
1) Being grateful makes you happier and healthier.
- It is easy for all of us to be ungrateful. Magnitudes of bad things happen constantly. It is easy to fall in the trap of fear, doubt, and bitterness. In Psalms 7, David was faced with this very thing. He was in a dangerous pursuit against King Saul. Many acquisitions were made against David about him overthrowing Saul by killing him so he could have the thrown himself. David could have easily become hateful and full of vengeance, but he instead did something spectacular. He decided to give thanks to God instead.
- The proper response when facing adversity is prayer. Remembering that God is just, loving, kind. He is there in the darkest hour. Your broken praises are heard, and He loves you.
- 2) Being grateful helps you see more blessings.
- When we all feel our lowest or our problems seem endless, it is important to take heart.
- When we choose to seek gratitude above our troubles, we begin to see God’s work. In Psalms 33, David reminds us that because God is our Creator, everything we seek needs to be aligned with His perfect will. He is worthy of our praise. Because God is forever faithful and his word is dependable, we can rejoice, sing, and give thanks.
- “Always give thanks for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
- “Be full of joy all the time. Never stop praying. In everything give thanks. This is what God wants you to do because of Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
- 3) Because there are sad consequences of ingratitude.
- Webster’s Dictionary defines “Ingratitude” as: “Forgetfulness of, or poor return for, kindness received.” It can also be defined as not appreciating or valuing what you have, or have been given. Unexpressed gratitude is also ingratitude!
- When we get caught up in our worldly obligations, we begin to develop a worldly perspective. We take our eyes off the cross, and our hearts begin to harden. Daily we face hardships and it is easy to want “more stuff.”
- Paul wrote to us in the book of Colossians Ch. 2 verse 7 about the importance of being rooted in Christ. He uses the analogy of plants receiving nourishment while being rooted into the soil, so should our own souls be rooted in the Word, so that no enemy can uproot us and let us wither. Have your roots planted deep in Christ. Grow in Him. Get your strength from Him. Let Him make you strong.
So this holiday season, you may be dreading it or excited. But one thing is for certain no matter what circumstance: “We are designed for gratitude towards our Holy God.”