December 15, 2017

Thoughts on Choosing Gratitude (from Sandy)

Sandy CoxIt’s my joy to share a post from Sandy Cox, a woman who has greatly encouraged me with her reflections throughout the Choosing Gratitude study. Sandy lives in New Mexico with her husband of 20 years, two dogs, and two cats. She has been a Christian for seven years and knows that she has just begun her life with Christ and has much to learn from Him.

In reading through the first five chapters of “Choosing Gratitude” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, I have learned about what gratefulness is and what it is not.

I have been convicted about what it is not, as that spirit of ungratefulness is what I have been experiencing in my heart lately. One quote of Nancy’s that really hit home for me was, “…ungrateful people are given to griping, complaining, murmuring, whining.”  Ouch.  That has been me, verbally or in my thought-life, for some time now.  Not constantly, but far, far too often.

Beth Moore’s funny and accurate quote on page 66, the “polar opposite” substitution of Philippians 4:6-7, painted an apt description of ingratitude:

Do not be calm about anything, but in everything, by dwelling on it constantly and feeling picked on by God, with thoughts like, “And this is the thanks I get,” present your aggravations to everyone you know but Him.  And the acid in your stomach, which transcends all milk products, will cause you an ulcer, and the doctor bills will cause you a heart attack, and you will lose your mind.

Yep, sounds awfully familiar. Ouch, again.

This book so far has opened my eyes to my own ingratitude and how it has invaded my heart and even my attitude toward God (and others) at times. I have to admit that I saw that my gratitude to God is tied to my feelings and my circumstances. If things are going well I feel more grateful to God. If things are not going so well I do not feel so grateful, and if I do offer thanks during a time when things seem more negative, it doesn’t feel like sincere gratitude but, rather, grudging thanks. While this is not the case all of the time, it is the case far too many times.

I’ve learned that both gratitude and ingratitude is a choice. {tweet this!}

I choose to be grateful to God or I choose to be ungrateful. God loves me whether or not I am grateful to Him, but with all that He has given me and that He gives me now and that He will give me for eternity, why would I be anything but grateful to Him?

I am looking forward to reading on in Nancy’s book, to learn how to be thankful and how to give thanks in all situations and circumstances. I think that Nancy said it best, in the closing to her fifth chapter,

If you’ve read this far, I’m believing that God has been at work in your heart, exposing any roots of ingratitude, and giving you a fresh desire to be a grateful. At this point, you may be asking, “I want to be more grateful…but how?” I’m so glad you asked!

And I am glad that I asked, too!  Bring on the hope!

 What have you been learning from the Choosing Gratitude study?
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Comments

  1. I had never heard that Beth Moore quote. Hysterical! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing!! Praying for you as you continue choosing gratitude.

    • Thank you for your prayers, Catherine. Choosing gratitude is a conscious, daily (sometimes hourly (by the minute?)) choice!

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