I love hanging around grateful people, people who appreciate the little things, that can see something positive even in the most ridiculous things. And I love this statement from the Life Recovery Bible, Gratitude Makes Things Right!
Ponder on that for a moment. And after consideration it makes an awful lot of sense. If we can live our life counting the many blessings that are way ahead of the trials and tribulations we struggle with, we will automatically realize we are truly blessed. Try the 23rd Psalm as an example.
Blessing after blessing rolls out in each powerful sentence of that Psalm with one key element. If the Lord is our shepherd we will be given what we need under any and all circumstances. If he is not, we will always be searching for more, more and more, because we are following a path with no guidance or direction and little fulfillment.
There is no predictable outcome when we embark on our journey of self will except that we are rolling a set of loaded dice. Gratitude only comes when we appreciate the sacrifice Jesus made for us, our parents made for us, and our spouses and friends that we have harmed made for us, but still love us despite our incredible flaws.
Gratitude Makes Things Right because we realize that we have been given gifts we had previously overlooked because we were too involved in self absorption. Be grateful, be thankful that our God has such a tender and forgiving heart, you can't help but be grateful for that!
I used to be one of those lost sheep, so I can tell you firsthand how grateful I am that the Good Shepherd came and found me! Gratitude does make things right.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.