The one who supplies seed for planting and bread for eating will supply and multiply your seed and will increase your crop, which is righteousness. 11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way. Such generosity produces thanksgiving to God through us. – 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
A life lived in the context of gratitude is necessarily a life that experiences more to be thankful for. It’s a spiritual principle. It defies reason. It simply makes sense. Grateful people are more content.
What makes this even more interesting is the fact that, once activated, gratitude seems to take on a life of its own. People simply praising God for life, for love, for the trees, for the sky, for the air we breathe. People opening their hearts in gratitude even when they are experiencing challenge, or loss, or grief.
People who begin each and every day with spirits open wide ready to receive grace, and with their innermost being overflowing with thankfulness, these people meet God more routinely, and they are grateful, and they know joy, and the cycle continues.
I believe this is about getting the proverbial cart and horse in the right order. More often than not, we wait to be grateful until we have something that we can point to. What I’m talking about, however, builds on gratitude as a state of being, a spiritual intention, a status quo.
But can we do this? Is it even possible to open ourselves wide at the beginning of each new day and invite God in? Is grateful something we’re capable of being outside of demonstrable gain? Simply put, it must be. There is no other way to approach the future. There is nothing outside of deliberate, winsome, heartfelt thanksgiving that will do.
It’s Thanksgiving Day! For me, this is the perfect prelude to Christmas. This is where we must begin our journey to Bethlehem.
Won’t you join me? – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.