i wrote this post a long time ago… and then today, i ran across this quote…

You see, gratitude carves a grand canyon in a heart made tender by pain. The depth can’t be adequately described. It is something that has to be experienced. Who can explain how it feels to be handed hope when you were sure your chance had passed? Who can describe what it is like to look into the eyes of the giver and see a glimmer of understanding and not a hint of judgment? That is friendship!

so, naturally, i had to look up the definition of gratitude to find it’s real meaning.

a feeling of DEEP appreciation. a DESIRE to thank.

WOW! a desire to thank? how many times do we say thank you? how many times do we say thank you and truly mean it? i think i’m going to have to disagree with this definition. gratitude is more than saying, “thank you,” when someone gives you something. gratitude is more than an action which we decide to do by an act of will power. you can say the words, “thank you,” when there is not gratitude in your heart at all. it’s customary to say thank you, especially in the south. it’s the hospitality in us!what it takes to turn the words, “thank you,” into gratitude is the real genuine feeling of gratitude. it’s a feeling that arises uncoerced in the heart. it can’t be willed into existence, especially if it is not there.

gratitude is a form of delight

more than delighting in a gift. it is more than feeling happy that you got something you wanted. it’s a feeling of happiness directed toward a person for giving you something good. gratitude is a happy feeling you have about a giver because of his giving something good to you or doing something good for you.

It is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 2 Cor 4:15

gratitude flourishes in the sphere of grace.

gratitude flows out of the hearts of those who “receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness” (Rom 5:17). this gratitude to Christ is more than saying, “thank you,” or trying to return some service; it is more than being glad you are free from condemnation; it is being glad toward Jesus for the riches of salvation and the way he made it ours. when the grace of Jesus penetrates the human heart, it rebounds back to God as gratitude. christian gratitude is grace reflected back to God in the happiness we feel toward Jesus.

and for HIS sake, not ours!

so, i pray that you can have gratitude towards your friends just as your Savior has grace upon you.


1 Response to “gratitude”

  1. April 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog after seeing Pam Case tweet you! LOVE this post. So many times while in prayer, I say thank you to God for x, y, z gifts He gave me. But, am I just going through the motions because I know I should say Thank You to Him. This post has encouraged me to rethink my heart of gratitude and to step it up a bit!


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