Paul and I spend a lot of time in airports.  On one of our trips, we were coming back from Asia and we got talking to an Australian couple that had been traveling extensively.  We were comparing notes on the places we had been to and enjoying chatting to this global couple. As we were concluding our conversation the man made a comment that has always stuck with us.  He said, “I reckon the Australian government should pay for all their citizens to go somewhere in the developing world.  It’ll stop them from griping and make them appreciate what they have.”

Griping and moaning about what we don’t have is a common human trait, not just an Australian one.  It is easy to complain about what we don’t have and forget to be thankful for all the benefits in our lives.  We speak about the importance of our intelligence quotient, but what about our gratitude quotient?  The Bible encourages us to be thankful for all we have.

1.     Start your day with gratitude:  Psalm 107:1 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”  Begin your day by acknowledging God and His goodness and grace in your life.  Your day will be different when your attitude is one filled with thanksgiving.

2.     Continue your day with gratitude: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  You don’t quit being thankful when circumstances are not what you want them to be.

3.     Develop the habit of being grateful:  Ephesians 5:20 “Giving thanks always and for everything…” Gratitude does not come naturally to human beings.  We are prone to see the bucket as half empty.  We have to nurture and develop this habit so that we spontaneously give thanks throughout the day. 

4.     Your attitude of gratitude will impact those around you:  I can assure you of one thing; your thankful heart will positively affect people around you.   I would rather waken to thankfulness than to griping and complaining. 

Look around you – isn’t there much to be grateful for?  Start this day by thanking God for the things you have.  That would be a good start!  Before you go to the Lord with a long list of things you need Him to provide for you; go to Him with a heart of thanks.  I can guarantee that it will change the way you live your day and I am convinced it will impact those around you.  You may score great on your IQ (intelligence quotient) but if your GQ (gratitude quotient) is low your life is not going to be very fulfilling.  There is nothing quite like a joyful and grateful heart.  It is contagious! 

May your gratitude be infused with joy and infect those around you today.  If your GQ is low then start nurturing an attitude of gratitude - it will change the way you live your life.

I am and always will be,

Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus

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