What I found more interesting were the Synonyms and Antonyms for Gratitude.
Synonyms: appreciation, appreciativeness, gratefulness, thanks, thankfulness
Antonyms: ingratitude, thanklessness, unappreciation, ungratefulness
So, lets just think about this for a minute.
If you aren't thankful you are thankless and if you aren't grateful you are ungrateful. If we are constantly complaining about what we don't have and what we don't like in our life we are being thankless, ungrateful, and unappreciative towards God!
Larry Burkett says in his book The WORD on Finances:
Are we grateful for what we have, rather than resentful for what we don't have? When we look around, there's always someone else who has more. It's easy to ask, "Why did he (or she) get that instead of me?" Satan tries to get us to be discontented by comparing ourselves to others. The way to counteract that is to praise God for what we have and not let what others have affect us. Thankfulness is not based on an accumulation of assets; it is a positive attitude toward life.
Godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. I Timothy 6:6-8
As we just finished celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have all been reminded how important it is to be thankful, grateful, and content in all things and if you aren't - you are the antonyms. I don't know what your situation in life is right now but if you have Christ in your life - YOU ARE RICH! May that be your focus!
My list of gratitude continues:
435~ people who keep me laughing
436~ friends that hold me accountable
437~ passing my insurance exam
438~ heat on a cold day
440~ a husband who so willingly takes care of things while I'm sick in bed
441~ well behaved kids that let me rest
442~ Isaac's retelling of Bible stories when he comes home from school
443~ pumpkin cupcakes
444~ cream cheese frosting
445~ licking the bowl
446~ blinds finally hanging on windows after years without them
447~ books that inspire
448~ secrets whispered in my ear from my kids
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