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What Is Gratitude?

This is the day the Lord has made, so let's rejoice and be glad in it! Thank you guys for tuning in!

Let's talk a little bit about gratitude? What does gratitude mean to you? This can depend on the person. For some, it simply means waking up in the morning, praising God for another day, and for everything they've been blessed with. For others, it may be for the food that they eat, the clothes on their backs, and the people in their lives. Some people are grateful for the deeds done for them. Everyone has something to be grateful for.

Does everyone show gratitude for these things, or are they just words and thoughts?

Here's my idea of gratitude. Before I begin, let me just say that not everyone may agree with me, but I'm going to share it anyway. So, if you'd like to read more, then keep reading. You just might get something out of it! Here it goes!

My idea of gratitude is so much more than just words. My idea of gratitude is action. There are many who take this approach. For me, it's paying a compliment, holding the door open for someone, or something as simple as allowing someone to switch lanes in front of me.

I bet you're asking "How is this gratitude?" I'll explain.

Every time I wake up in the morning, I am grateful to be alive. I want to thank the Lord for showing at least one random act of kindness. Gratitude isn't always about receiving things and thanking Him for these things. It isn't always receiving things and thanking those who have given them to you, either. Gratitude is also your willingness to pay those things forward. Maybe you've received something huge, and you may not be able to repay someone. Maybe you can pay it forward. When given the opportunity you do that, do it. That is gratitude for what you have received.

I'll give you a great example of what I'm talking about.

Let's say your tire blows out on a highway. For arguments sake, let's say you have no clue how to put the spare tire on, or you don't have the equipment to do so. You wait for someone to give you assistance, but for a half hour, no one is willing to stop. Finally, a good Samaritan pulls up behind your car and gives you a helping hand in putting the spare tire on your car. You want to repay this person, but this person refuses anything from you. Maybe that person was simply just paying this forward.

Now let's say you're in a hurry to get to work, and you don't want to be late. You spot a car in the distance, and it appears this person might have the same issue. Are you going to pay it forward and help this person, or are you going to pass that person up? Let's say you decide to help this person.

That is gratitude. You paid it forward.

So many people miss opportunities to pay something forward. Sadly, I am one of those people. We can't always get it right. Yes, it is a sin. Not only are our sins actions we do, they are also things we don't do that we should. We have all fallen short of God's glory. If you find yourself in this situation, ask the Lord to forgive you. He will.

Here's my challenge to you, and I'm going to take part in this myself: Do at least one act of random kindness per day. We need more kindness in the world whether anyone actually deserves it or not. We are all God's children whether anyone's saved or not (do not argue). God wants us all redeemed. As God's children, we must do better. If we're claiming to be good people, we're not only settling for mediocrity, we're also lying to ourselves. No one is good but God!

We must strive to be better than we were the day before, and then the next day. It starts with the person you see in the mirror. It starts with you, and it starts with me. Let's grow!

Until next time, God bless.

The Freedom Runner


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