Gratitude and Attitude

“Our whole life is a life of gratitude,” said Thomas Merton.

I’ve been reminded recently how important it is to start each day from a place of gratitude. Two people are faced with the same situation. The first sees nothing but obstacles and oppression resulting in anxiety and fear. The second sees the same circumstance and instead gives thanks for the opportunity to participate in the work and trusts that God will provide the wisdom and the way. The difference seems to be not in how we approach events, but how we see our lives. Do we see life as a gift from God and are grateful, or do we believe our life is in our control and an object to be hoarded and clinged to where changes are disruptive and to be avoided?

Br. Curtis Almquist of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) shares practical wisdom on how to live our life with gratitude.

When we lead our life of gratitude, it also informs our attitude. The fruits of our gratitude speak loudly to demonstrate to others the love and security we have in Jesus Christ.

Br. Mark Brown (SSJE) says, “Now, all things right, good and true have their origins in the heart of God.  If gratitude is the fullness of our humanity, and if we are made in the image and likeness of God, gratitude itself must have its origins in the heart of God. Just as our love has its source in the being of God, so must our gratitude. Our feeble thanksgiving must be but a pale reflection of something infinitely richer and more powerful in the being of God.”

I pray that being grateful each and every day will allow us to experience the fullness of life.