“A Grateful Heart”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, August 3, 2022 comes to us from Dianne Bradford of Auckland, New Zealand.

1 It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, 3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. 4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. Psalm 92:1-4 NIV


I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 9:1 (NRSV)

 

“A Grateful Heart”


Returning to work after five weeks of being in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic had me grumbling and complaining. The thought of having to wake up early each morning, drive to work, and spend eight hours a day at my desk was making me feel disgruntled and irritated. It was during my many moments of grumbling that I remembered that as a Christian I’m called to give thanks to the Lord in every situation, regardless of how I feel. But that’s difficult to do.


So, here’s what I decided: Every time I was about to say, “I don’t want to go back to work,” I replaced it with, “I’m thankful that I have work.” Every time I was about to say, “I don’t want to wake up early,” I replaced it with, “I’m thankful I have a bed to sleep in” Wow! What a difference that made! Throughout the week my “attitude of gratitude” changed my mindset and my perspective toward returning to work. Remarkably, my feelings eventually aligned with what I was saying. When We find ourselves complaining, we can find something we are thankful for and express our gratitude to God. When we do, our lives can be transformed by living with a grateful heart.

 

Friends –

I appreciate that rhyming phrase, “Attitude of Gratitude”, and sometimes I need to be reminded of it. When I feel grumpy or whiney, I miss the goodness that is surrounding me. I am going to work at adopting Dianne Bradford’s habit of replacing complaining with gratitude, and hope that my attitude improves too. I invite you to think about replacing your moments of frustration or complaining with a similar “attitude of gratitude.”

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

O Lord, change our hearts, and help us to be more thankful to you in all situations. Amen.

--Dianne Bradford


Prayer Focus:

Someone dreading a Life Change


Thought for the Day: What a difference gratitude to God can make!