A Note on Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

I should make it a habit to write in the morning. My outlook is so good when I first wake up. At night my thoughts get lost in a fog of the day’s events, and I’m not always thinking clearly.

First of all I’m going to change my image challenge. The things I’m grateful for isn’t working for me at all! I’m finding it hard to use my imagination when it comes to choosing and/or creating photographs that coincide with the many things I’m grateful for, and the frustration in that process is trying to steal my joy! Go figure. 😉

Anyway, I really can’t narrow down my gratitude like that either. When it comes down to it… I’m grateful to God, and I’m grateful for life. My sober life. My new freedom in Christ. Everything beyond that is an added bonus.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.­ –Matthew 6:33

A fellow blogger (Jeff) mentioned something in a comment that I TRULY understand and appreciate- about being grateful for EVERYTHING– even the times of anguish and despair, as they are indicators of and preliminaries to growth.

Everything that’s ever happened in my life is what led me here today. There is no looking back and wanting to change a thing. Not a single iota. That thought, in itself, is an eye-opening and amazing thing to grasp.

I can’t even imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t gone through the struggles, the anguish, and the despair. Most likely, I wouldn’t have sought God, and would lack this awesome sense of gratitude that I have today!

So, YES… I am grateful for EVERYTHING.

Wow, I’m glad I decided to write this morning. What a great way to start the day!

Blessings, Peace and Love Everyone!