An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

I write on this topic periodically because I tend to need reminders of things, and I expect I’m not the only one.

I’ve been thinking again lately how easy it is to take those closest to us for granted. Sure, we love and appreciate our loved ones and their service, but it’s easy to expect those things to the point where we fail to say “thank you” or to show our appreciation. I am guilty of this all the time but this is an area I want to grow in.

From the time we are children, we are taught to say “please” and “thank you.” Yet, somewhere along the line, we get lax about saying those things to the people who serve us every day.

A husband will typically not be happy when he comes home from work and supper isn’t ready, or at least close to being ready. But I wonder how many husbands come home to a lovely meal (or even one that isn’t his favorite) and recognize the work that goes into making sure he is fed every night. Maybe the wife doesn’t expect a “thank you” but I’ve no doubt she would appreciate her effort being recognized.

Wives can get exasperated when their husband forgets to take out the trash but I wonder if that same wife ever takes the time to thank her husband for being willing to do that so that she doesn’t have to.

Then there are children who are expected to behave a certain way but many parents are too busy to let their children know how much they love and appreciate them. This is so sad!

I could go on and on. Whether it’s in the home, the work force, with roomates, siblings, etc., an attitude of gratitude seems to be a thing of the past. This can lead to feelings of discouragement and unimportance, but you and I can provide the opposite feelings with a simple arm around a shoulder or a word of encouragement. Just letting them know that you notice and appreciate the things they do for you can bring a smile to someone who has had a long, tiring day.

If there is someone in your life that you have neglected to appreciate, it is not too late to change. Go to them today and repent for your apathetic attitude. Let him or her know that you really do love them and are grateful for their acts of service toward you. I bet you will find your relationship strengthened as they realize that you really do care.

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Sony Elise

Sony has been an avid southern gospel fan since she first heard The Happy Goodman Family on a cassette in the mid-1980s. She is the co-founder of Family Renewal and the owner of Sony Elise Editing Services.

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