Wear Your Gratitude
If you’ve ever stood in a long line at the grocery store or the airport, no doubt you encountered some very negative people. They wear their discomfort loudly, complaining about the time it’s costing them and how the delay is negatively impacting them. They try to share their dissatisfaction with others, and it often becomes contagious.
It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises [with musical accompaniment] to Your name, O Most High, To show forth Your loving-kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night.
─ Psalm 92:1-2 AMP
David, the shepherd boy who became king, had plenty of reasons to complain. He wrote many of the psalms. They are filled with his thoughts as he journeyed through the highs and lows of his lifetime. He learned giving thanks to God was good and delightful. Giving thanks to God and showing gratitude for His goodness ministered to him deep within his soul.
His words of thanksgiving and praise are a witness to God’s goodness in our lives even today.
Put on the garment of praise.
When things happen outside of your control, it’s easy to let your emotions lead you to a dark place. Instead, we can put on the garment of praise. As negative things in life happen, you stand at a crossroads. You can choose light or darkness. You can grumble or find something to be thankful for and offer praise.
If you will choose gratitude over a negative attitude, you can bring light to the darkness around you. You become a beacon of light and a witness to others of the goodness of God.
Today’s One Thing
Thankfulness should be a continuous part of your life. Choose today to build gratefulness to God and to others into your daily schedule. When something happens and you feel the emotion rise, pause and put on the garment of praise. You can always find something to be thankful to God for, even if it’s the air you breath.