Grateful for Gripeful?

Are you grateful?

I have a feeling that our sense of gratefulness has been redefined by our economy. People who were once grateful for the nice car, house and stuff are now grateful for a happy marriage, healthy kids and time together. Stats tell us that people are redefining what “rich” and “success” is.

I suppose on one hand this is good - bad times have forced us to reevaluate our priorities and what we really want out of life. When you sit on the precipices of losing everything that you own - is that the moment you are thankful for what you have? You might be too late.

There is an old hymn that says, “Count your blessings name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God has done!” When you start counting, you should realize what He has done for you. When our focus is on the bad news, mean people, gloomy forecasts and a world bent on destroying itself, one would probably wonder, what’s there to be happy about?

Well, stop, pause and start counting your blessings. Then when your done - say Thank You!

Let’s see now. Thank you God for my wonderful wife who puts up with me. My beautiful daughter who loves you so much. Thank you for a wonderful church that loves me and my family. Thank you . . . . . . . . .