Yes, pain and injustice and cruelty exist in this world.
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But when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. We often feel more energized to reach out and help others; we feel we have some power to positively affect our world. This again leads to a feeling of well-being…and gratitude. When he returned to the United States, he was startled at the small things people complained about.
In our diversity of experience, we are challenged to look beyond where life is most familiar to us and allow for other experiences to inform us. In our division born of injury, we acknowledge imbalances of power and feelings of victimization that arise; yet they do not consume us. We remember to identify ourselves with Christ as beloved creation and in that love and acceptance ponder and live more fully into the attributes of Jesus.
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As Jesus showed us in the living of his life, we do not exploit this unconditional love and acceptance of us by God. Philippians 2: Instead we are free to empty ourselves and be open for loving and serving.
We need neither to self-justify and self-condemn, but simply to live from the wellspring of love God has given to us. It is in this fullness of grace we receive our true identity. For the first claim upon us is this great love and acceptance from which all of our choices flow. The fountain of love that ushers forth from God is constantly renewing us. Here we find the power to offer each other the love first given to us. He would write a thank-you note each day for a year.
The way my life was going, I hardly thought so. But he got started, by writing notes to the people close to him, his family and friends.
Then it got harder. And so it went through the year.
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Each day a thank-you note, each day a day of thanksgiving. Kralik says the experience of expressing thanks day in and day out changed the way he approached life. It even got him to church:.
I had considered myself something of an atheist for years, but I started going to this church [near the end of that year]. The music was plentiful, delivered with. The dominant message was that grace was still available. To everyone. Even to me. I can deal with that, I thought. Through the process of writing thank-you notes, I had developed a notion of being blessed with grace. There is something about offering thanks that makes us whole. I like to think of it as the endless echo of grace. We can even lose track of where it begins and where it ends, for it all seems to be of one piece.
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People whose lives are not marked with gratitude—whose lives are governed by a sense of entitlement or grievance—are miserable. No matter how much they have in material wealth, health, or success, their lives are fractured or incomplete if what they have is not accompanied by a sense of gratitude. They are not made whole.
By contrast, those whose lives are marked with gratitude, infused with thankfulness, join in the echo of grace and receive a particular blessing reserved for them. They are made well.
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They are made whole. Lewis observed that grateful people are emotionally healthy people. First, the divine giver as the source, and then the gifts received. Far more important and more encompassing than the blessings received are the ways God has endowed us with enormous talents and abilities to make our world a far better place in which to live. Imagine thankful people being good stewards in harnessing and using untapped resources that exist within the bounds of creation.
We are duty-bound to keep the broad entities of our environment clean and beautiful; to envision with uncompromising dedication a more urgent timetable for the cure and eradication of the most deadly diseases and ailments; to make sure that hunger the world over is never allowed to be the norm for human existence; and to honor and affirm the equality of all human beings as an inherent and unchanging human right. Jump to navigation Google Tag Manager. Learning to give thanks.
How is thankfulness engendered? By giving thanks in all circumstances.
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