The Good News of God’s Gift of Gratitude
NOTHING worthy in this life seems to come for free, but truly the best things are free. We just need hands and hearts big enough to receive and hold them.
With hands and hearts audacious enough to ask in faith for gratitude, hearts are lit, and hands are filled.
God gives in no small portion. All true gifts are spiritual and are truly from above, and each of these is perfect, meaning they are full of abundance and thoroughly good in more ways than a human mind can conceive. And God’s gifts are not subject to depreciation nor spoilage:
“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
– James 1:17 (NRSV)
In direct contrast to our human frailty for being “driven and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6), God is wholly reliable in every way. The fact that God gives gifts in this way is in itself a gift.
If we’re grateful all the rest of our mental, emotional and spiritual life falls into suit. Gratitude is all about the right-fitting of our perspective. Our well-being is in alignment with whatever may be; gratitude equips us to bear reality.
The gift of gratitude is arguably only available through God. Only when we fully appreciate humanity’s limits do we truly understand the need to credit God with everything for everything.
About the gift of gratitude
All this applies as God gives us the gift for gratitude. Of all the gifts we’re grateful to receive, the gift of gratitude is worth as much as anything, because it wells up within us the fruit of joy and peace.
Gratitude is a gift, like all the gifts of God, that keeps on giving.
A gift that keeps on giving is a gift that is sustained. Only God can give us what we need to be truly grateful, because it is in following Jesus that the gratitude comes.