When Your Attitude Lacks Gratitude
When Your Attitude Lacks Gratitude
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 [NIV]
Is the condition of your heart hindering you from being thankful?
Not too long ago I was gathering my husband’s socks off of the bathroom floor and I couldn’t help but wonder, why he refused to put them in the basket. Was it really that hard to put them in there? It wasn’t as if I had hidden the laundry basket from him. Doesn’t he know I have other things to do? Maybe he enjoyed having me pick them up…
On and on my thoughts went. By the time I was done gathering and sorting through all of his socks I had talked myself into a dreadful mood. I was miserable and I did not feel like being thankful in all circumstances.
“Create a clean heart in me Lord…” Psalm 51:10
What was wrong with me? It was only socks!
My crummy way of thinking was altering my outlook on things and stealing my joy. Instead of being grateful for all of the good things my husband does, I was letting a tiny inconvenience overshadow my blessings. As I put the socks in the washer I realized my heart was in need of a good cleaning—the kind that only our Heavenly Father can provide.
“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” Psalm 86:5 [NIV]
So, I gathered my thoughts—and my ungrateful heart—and brought them to the Lord. One by one I sorted through them, asking God to create a clean heart in me and forgive me for my attitude towards my husband. And because God is good to forgive, He poured out His cleansing grace and forgiveness over me, ridding my heart of its ungrateful attitude. With my heart made new, I was able to clearly see—and be thankful for—the many ways God has blessed our family through my husband.
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When our hearts are preventing us from being thankful in our circumstances, let’s remember to seek our Heavenly Father, who is good to forgive, and ask Him to make our hearts clean.
Lord are good and merciful. Your word tells me you forgive those who call upon you. Please forgive me when my heart is lacking in gratitude. Create a clean heart in me Lord and help me to be thankful in all circumstances. Thank you for the many blessings you have given me. May I always find my joy in you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!
Are you struggling to be thankful because of a specific circumstance? Sometimes our hearts need to be reminded of God’s goodness. And writing down the things we are thankful for is a great way to put things back in perspective. Whenever I’m having trouble cultivating an attitude of thankfulness, I try to think all of the ways God has blessed me in that particular situation.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 [NIV]
Reminding ourselves of the ways God has blessed us through these situations, will help us to remember that God is good and God is in control. For example, when things get hectic at work you could write down all of the ways your job provides for your family. If you’re a stay-at-home mom and the kids are driving you crazy you could jot down all of the ways the kids have made you smile today. Are you overwhelmed by all of the negativity going on around you? Try writing down all of the ways God has answered your prayers and/or blessed you over the years. You’ll be amazed at how this will help create a thankful attitude and put a little joy back in your heart!
To help make things easier I have created a free printable thankful-for list for you to use. Click here to print yours.
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