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{{Today is Friday!!!  It is the day I link with Lisa Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday. Here is how it works…. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. We all write on the same word.})

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.

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