This year I am bringing back an exercise in gratitude. Gratefulness to God changes everything. It is an attitude changer, a heart changer, and a mind changer. It can bring the joy back into your life. If you are a worrier, be grateful to God, instead. If you have anxiety, write down that list of everything you are grateful for. If you are a pessimist, remind yourself what are the good things God has done.
You cannot remain in your state of not enough, of worry, of anxiety, or woes if you are too busy being grateful to God.
The root of joy is gratefulness.
Gratitude changes everything.
It is not happy people who are grateful. It is grateful people who are happy.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
"This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who sacrifice, and friends who help. We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues." - Thomas S. Monson
“You cannot be grateful and bitter. You cannot be grateful and unhappy. You cannot be grateful and without hope. You cannot be grateful and unloving.. So just be grateful.” - Unknown (but, grateful!)
Why am I documenting?
Years ago, I heard a sermon by a chaplain on Ebenezzer's. These are the stones of Remembrance. The Israelites would make an altar of stones to remember something God had done. In 1 Samuel 7, the Prophet Samuel used stones as a memorial when God's people wanted to remember His goodness and faithfulness. He took stones and named them Ebenezer's (which means, 'thus far has the Lord helped us'). Joshua did the same after God made a way for the Israelites, who had been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, to cross the Jordan River and take possession of their Promised Land. Joshua built a memorial of stones as a testimony of what God had done and so they would be reminded to remember.
Recording my gratitudes are my Ebenezzer's. When I look back through my albums I am reminded of what God has done.