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Editor’s Note Oct/Nov 2012

“For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is amazing how some moments can cause us to be reflective, experiencing epiphanies and viewing life through a different pair of eyes.  New Year’s resolutions are often made with the best of intentions, only to be abandoned at the first sign of a challenge. We often make promises to each other- but those promises are broken when our lives get in the way. It happens; we try our hardest to keep our word, only to fail time after time.

For me, birthdays are one of those reflective moments that I use to take stock of my life and the changes that I need to make.  My recent birthday caused me to make one more attempt to keep a promise that I have made a few times before. I purposed in my heart to develop an “attitude of gratitude.” I believe that expressing gratitude is an integral part of the spiritual journey that keeps us connected to God.  Whether we accept it or not, there is always something to be grateful for and not expressing gratitude does not negate the fact that God is constantly pouring out immeasurable blessings which we sometimes take for granted.

Expressing our thanks is one way of not only reminding ourselves of the magnitude of God’s love but also reminding us that we are part of something so much greater than ourselves and our perceived limitations. I must say that ungratefulness is one of my pet peeves.  It is too costless a gesture to not be expressed more abundantly.  In spite of the many blessings we receive, it seems that our society is plagued by a spirit of ungraciousness which has even permeated some of our churches. Coupled with a sense of entitlement that is so widespread nowadays, often times we neglect to express gratitude to God and our benefactors.

Frankly, I am guilty of asking for additional blessings without even taking the time to express gratitude for those uncounted blessings that I have already received. I am extending a challenge to all Rhema magazine readers – to join me on this quest to make a concerted effort to develop an “attitude of gratitude.” Let us start living our lives with grateful hearts; which will cause us to be constantly cognizant of the boundless blessings that are all around us. Let us use these blessings as a reminder of our need to express gratitude to God for all the provisions He has made.

Psalms 136 V 1 “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

God bless!

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