Attitude of Gratitude
July 30th, 2014 by Brain Bytes Creative
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)
Let’s talk about an attitude of gratitude.
We can and should be grateful for everything in our lives that is good because James tells us that “every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). So we are grateful because God provides.
But what about the “bad things” that come along. James addresses this as well. He said we are to “consider it pure joy whenever we face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2) Why? Because God uses these trials to develop perseverance which then helps us to become “mature and complete”.
So God calls us to have an attitude of gratitude about the good things in our lives and about all the trials and tribulations and troubles in our lives.
That pretty much covers everything. Do you ever have any trouble with that last part? Trouble having an attitude of gratitude for trials and tribulations?
I recently returned from a mission in Kenya. I want to share a video with you from Kenya that, to me, displays the epitome of an attitude of gratitude.
Let me give you a little bit of background first. In the video you will meet Pastor Jacob. He has been the pastor of a small church in a very remote village in Kenya for the last seven years. As you will see, he has a disability in his legs and his version of walking is much more difficult than our version of walking. He sets his crutches then he swings his legs through. Sets his crutches and swings his legs through.
Pastor Jacob walks 10 km, that’s over 6 miles, through a river to get from his home to the church he serves.
After seeing Pastor Jacob’s faithfulness and the struggles he goes through for his congregation, we wanted to ease Pastor Jacob’s burden.
We told him we couldn’t make any promises, but if he came up with some land close to the church, we might be able to build him and his family a home there.
The next day we were leaving from that region’s very remote airport at 10 a.m.. Pastor Jacob started walking at 5 AM to see us off from the airport. 5 hours of setting his crutches and swinging his legs.
He also told us, with much excitement that he had already acquired the land. And I must tell you that he’s also so excited that he’ll be moving from a grass hut to a mud home.
I see in Pastor Jacob and his congregation, a gratitude that goes beyond joys and beyond trials and tribulations. Not dependent upon material possessions or even physical health. We are blessed even in our trials and yet are quick to forget how to be grateful.