attitude of gratitude

Attitude of gratitude

Stop the road rage  and develop an attitude of gratitude.

My daughter and I spend the afternoon together, we cooked and joked and played.

When it was time to take her back to her mom’s it was still peak hour (8:00pm) and the streets were crazy (road rage is at its peak during the holidays.) We were going to be late and I started to complain about traffic. Her comment was:

Dad, you should be thankful, this traffic gives us more time together.

Have you complained today?

We were instructed not to use any foul or polluting language. Today I learned that this included murmuring and complaining as it pollutes our lives. Complaining causes people a lot of problems and destroys the joy of anyone listening.

Don’t use bad language. Say only what is good and helpful to those you are talking to, and what will give them a blessing. Ephesians 4:29

This morning I read about this but didn’t take time to meditate on it, until my daughter taught me that lesson.

We need to check our attitude every day. How quick are we to become impatient and start complaining when stuck in traffic or at checkout lanes? Do we complain about our jobs when we should be thanking God that we have one?

The antidote for complaining is thanks giving. Thankful people do not complain. They are too busy being grateful for what they have that there is no time to notice the things that they could complain about.

Make it a daily goal to live a life of thanksgiving. Be as positive and grateful as possible. Try going to bed at night meditating about everything you have to be grateful for.

Every morning give God thanks for the little things, the stuff that we usually take for granted. Your parking space, a meal, waking up, your family…

Keep at it until you have developed a habit of living with an attitude of gratitude.

Pray this: God, I want to live with an attitude of gratitude, starting right now. I thank you for loving me and for blessing me. Help me see the positive things in life and to thank you for them.