I recently renewed my commitment to practicing gratitude & love.
The general consensus is that you should write down five things that you are grateful for every day, and don’t repeat anything on yesterday’s list. Last night a cool video about gratitude appeared on my FB feed, Which Wolf Should You Feed?
It seems that the entire cosmos (including FB) is conspiring to assist me in accomplishing my internal goals of Love & Gratitude.
Saint Paul writes in Romans 8:28,
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (ESV Illuminated Edition)
This certainly seems to be true in my case. When I made the commitment to focus on Gratitude and Love all things have been working together for good to help me in my quest.
And yes, this is the first thing I am grateful for today: that God loves me that much, that He causes all things to work together for my good.
I’m reading Divine Principle in Portuguese to practice my Portuguese. Right now, I’m in the middle of Eschatology, reading about God’s commitment to restore humanity through His providence. God has persevered throughout all of human history, toiling tirelessly.
The second thing I’m grateful today is for God’s providence of salvation to restore us back to our original positions as His true children, beloved sons and daughters. I am grateful for God’s love made manifest through is providence. I’m grateful for His personal love for me, as an object of His providence.
Third, I am grateful for God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift given out of His personal love for each of us.
Fourth, I am grateful for the angels that God created as our helpers and guides. It may seem to be too mundane, given what I have written above, that the Angels always come through for me when I need a parking spot.
Yes, it’s mundane, but they have also saved my life by keeping me safe from traffic accidents. Once I was meditating on angels while stopped at a traffic light. When the light turned green, I was distracted just enough to keep still while a speeding truck ran the red light from my left. If I had sped forward as usual I would have surely been killed. Every time I stop at that light I thank the angels for saving me.
Yes, thank You for your gift of angels!
Finally, I am Grateful for God’s incredible love. God’s love is the source of all the gifts I mentioned today. God’s love is the source of every good thing that we enjoy, ignore or even take for granted.
So thank God!
I thank God for the air conditioning at the mall where I’m writing my blog. Thank God for the A/C technicians who keep it running, because they are all God’s children. I hope they are as grateful for His love as I am today.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5:16-18 (ESV)
See the video about gratitude, Which Wolf Should You Feed?