What a wonderful opportunity this week to devote a time to counting our blessings! The apostle Paul encourages us in I Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
According to Dr. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at UC Davis and considered to be the world’s leading scientific expert on the subject, people who consistently practice gratitude come in for a long list of practical personal benefits. Physically, they have stronger immune systems, better sleep patterns, lower blood pressure, and fewer aches and pains. Psychologically, they’re more alert, display higher levels of positive emotions, and get more joy and pleasure out of life. Socially, they’re more outgoing, more forgiving and compassionate, and report far fewer feelings of loneliness and isolation.
If you are struggling at all with this matter of composing a gratitude list, let me suggest a few things to “prime the pump” of your gratitude:
…We get to call God, the Creator of all, our Abba Father. He is our daddy, and as the song says, he is a “good, good Father.”
…We have been adopted into God’s family. God chooses us as his children.
…We have unlimited access to God’s unchanging Word.
…We are sealed in our relationship with the Lord by the Holy Spirit.
…When we need help, we call upon the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
…Nothing can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You can spend the rest of the say counting the blessings that come from our relationship with the Lord.
Thomas Fuller said: “Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices.” Hold tightly to this virtue today and every day.