And today’s word is … Grateful.
I read the word and thought it should be easy. I can write on any number of things I am grateful for – people, situations, relationships, loved possessions.
But, no. Instead I remember a quote ….
In life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. (Bro. David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine Monk)
I have no idea where I first read the quote, just that I had copied it down.
Perhaps we have gotten being grateful backwards as we seem to wait till we have a reason to be grateful but then this makes gratefulness dependent on things and circumstances. If I am reading this quote correctly, it is saying being grateful will make us happy in and of itself.
And then I remember the familiar words of Paul …
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT)
I paused to look at these words for a while. This is the thought which came to me.
What if I have it backwards? What if it were to look like this ….
- “Be thankful in all circumstances.”
- “Never stop praying.”
- “Always be joyful.”
Either way, funny thing. Right there in that verse, we are told – “for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
May we be grateful today in all things, for everything, in every way.