An Attitude of Gratitude

The priest spoke this morning on having an attitude of gratitude in our lives.  We need to be grateful for our families, our friends, our church, and most of all, for our Lord and Savior who died for us. Too often, we get distracted by the busy world to be grateful for what we have, who we have, where we live, and what God has done for us.

There are people in this world that need our help. We don’t have to be rich to be able to make a difference in the world.  One small random act of kindness can go a long way.  From feeding one homeless person a meal to adopting a child, we can show our gratitude for others.

The current election in the USA strays far away from what really needs to happen in our world.  Rich businessmen and powerful politicians care more about doing what’s best for themselves than reaching out to others in need. While there are still some good people left in Washington, I can’t help but think of the select few in the world who haven’t thought of anyone else but themselves.

From the time we wake up in the morning until the time we go to bed, the number of blessings we receive (whether we realize it or not) are so many in count that we are overwhelmed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ. The air we breath is enough to be grateful to God for giving us another day to live.

I can’t always say that I have lived with an attitude of gratitude. I am extremely blessed with a wife, 4 kids, a job, a roof over my head, and a strong foundation in God’s love. God wants me to get out into the world and feed the hungry, minister to the poor, and clothe the naked. What I do for the least of us I do for God.

Just as I’m writing this post, my oldest son and daughter started slapping each other over a Kindle. What a perfect opportunity I had to tell them that their love for each other was so much more important than an electronic.  I hope that I can get through to them to realize that the way they treat each other now will carry on through life)

What will you be grateful for today, tomorrow, and the weeks/years to come?  Are you living with an attitude of gratitude? 

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