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A Grateful Heart

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. Psalm 92:1-4 (NRSV)

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1 (NRSV)

Dianne Bradford lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Returning to work after five weeks of being in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic had Dianne grumbling and complaining. The thought of having to wake up early each morning, drive to work, and spend eight hours a day at her desk was making her feel disgruntled and irritated.

It was during one of her many moments of grumbling that Dianne remembered that as a Christian she was called to give thanks to the Lord in every situation, regardless of how she felt. But that's difficult to do. So, here's what Dianne decided: Every time she was about to say, "I don't want to go back to work," she replaced it with, "I'm thankful that I have work." Every time she was about to say, "I don't want to wake up early," she replaced it with, "I'm thankful I have a bed to sleep in." Wow! What a difference that made! Throughout the week her "attitude of gratitude" changed her mindset and her perspective toward returning to work. Remarkably, her feelings eventually aligned with what she was saying.

When we find ourselves complaining, we can find something we are thankful for and express our gratitude to God. When we do, our lives can be transformed by living with a grateful heart.

Prayer: O Lord, change our hearts, and help us to be more thankful to you in all situations, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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