Two posts ago i wrote about A TAG – the Attitude of Thankfulness, Appreciation and Gratitude.
I’ve been thinking on it some since then – i believe it is one of the MAJOR keys to a life lived in Christ. It is what helps ‘build’ our Spirit in Him, in us. It assists the Holy Spirit ‘reside’ and stay ‘healthy’ inside of our earthly bodies.
Some ‘brief’ thoughts:
Be Thank FULL – let this attitude FILL your heart and your mind – flow throughout every fibre of your being so that it ‘infects’ every ‘negativity’ that we retain inside of us. Make effort to always keep Thanks with and in us.
We are to be Thanks-Giving; we should always Give thanks TO Him and to Others just like us. It is something we should always carry inside of us – but we should never restrict it to only exist within – it is to be Given – to Him Primarily, but to all and thus back through to Him through all.
Appreciate everything. We can enjoy some things and can dislike some things and be indifferent, apathetic to many things – this is human, but it is far from Divine. Just because we do not enjoy something does not mean we are incapable of appreciating it for what it truly is – or even just for what we perceive it as being (which very rarely are the same thing). I can appreciate the power and the fury and the ‘necessity’ of something like a hurricane, a bushfire, a lightening strike or an earthquake. If i was actually in one i suspect this appreciation would be of a very different nature to if i am a mere distant observer but i believe we are to develop our appreciation of all things since God is (somewhere) IN all things. Appreciation thus brings me greater appreciation of Him. (and my ‘relation’ to Him).
We DO NOT show appreciation when we ‘hide’ our thoughts or memories of a thing or event and try to keep it far from us. By thus hiding we prevent the giving of Thanks or of feelings of forgiveness – both critical to our ‘healthy’ relationship with God.
Gratitude. An interesting concept.
Relates to Thankfulness; Grace; Pleasure; and also can imply a certain ‘obligation’ on the recipient. An appreciation of kindness or benefits received form another by the participant. Gratitude can also imply a Debt owed under contract to someOne.
Grace and gratitude both come from a common Latin root in the English language
Found under a definition of Grace: (Theology).
a. the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
b. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
c. a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces.
d. Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God’s favor or one of the elect.
“A grateful mind By owing, owes not, but still pays. –(John) Milton.”