Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

November 26, 2011

An Attitude of Gratitude

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

So many experience the holiday called Thanksgiving.  I am sure there was joy with family, food, and football! I am confident there was a special moment of thankfulness for blessings as you gathered to eat.  But, hopefully, the day of Thanksgiving is not the only time we are grateful.  Thankfulness should be a way of life.  In a past thanksgiving season I shared the following.  I think it is a good reminder, and something we have spent several weeks talking about at church.

In my book, Thankful. I related a story told about my grandmother at her funeral.  My Grandmother Jolly (Feisty Lady was well into her nineties and lived alone.  She was an extremely active lady  until her death.  She enjoyed social life and civic involvement.

One night when she was home, the pastor and his wife from the church knocked at the door.  As my grandmother opened the door, the pastor and his wife greeted her as they held a large bowl that was covered.  The pastor told her that they were home preparing to have some hot popcorn.  He remarked to his wife that Mrs. Jolly would perhaps enjoy some of it.  So they placed the popcorn in a bowl and covered it to maintain the heat.

My grandmother welcomed them into her home and they sat together and shared the popcorn.  The pastor remarked in his message at the funeral how much Mrs. Jolly thanked them.  She expressed her thankfulness again and again to them that evening.

He remarked that what he knew of my grandmother was that she had an attitude of gratitude.

An attitude of gratitude!  That’s what I need, and I imagine that it is a need of most people.  I want to develop a committed attitude of gratitude toward my Heavenly Father.  Although the story of my grandmother reveals a spirit of thankfulness toward other people, it certainly could be a parable of the spirit we should have toward God.

Gratitude expressed is not for a day in November . . . but a lifestyle!  May the spirit of thankfulness reign in our lives!

” . . . be thankful.”  (Colossians 3:15)  ” . . . and overflow with thankfulness.”  (Colossians 2:7)  “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.”  (Psalm 118:1)  “O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”  (Psalm 30:12)



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