The Summer of Gratitude

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Whoever has been praying for rain…please stop!

 As I was slinging gravel the other day and complaining about all the rain to my new friend, he said one of the most profound things to me in response to my negativity, he said, “Yeah, it’s rained a lot, but we should remember that each day is a gift because we never know what tomorrow will bring.” (Let that sink in for a bit)

The wisdom he shared stopped me in my tracks and it should all of us. It’s unfortunate that this gets overlooked more often than it should, the gift of gratitude can change not only our attitude, but also the attitudes of those around us.

 G.K. Chesterton claimed, “giving thanks is the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” When we remember the one who has created and provided for all our needs, it should change our perspective.

Psalm 74:16-17

Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun. You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.

This has given me a new perspective for the remainder of the summer. I’m now looking ahead and challenging myself to make this The Summer of Gratitude! What about you? What if we all tried to keep track of all our blessings over the summer months and lived out of that perspective? What about the people in your life? What kind of difference could your attitude of gratitude have on your family and friends if you were to take time to encourage them with gratitude for being part of your life?

Each new day is a gift and you and I have an opportunity to be the gift somebody else might need.

Have a blessed summer!