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Summary: How does one live their life in a grateful way. This message seeks to help the one reorient thier thought to be grateful on a more regular basis.

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You Should Be Grateful Because:

Culture Tells us to be Grateful

This weekend concluded the thanksgiving season and we sat around our table and talked about all the things that we, as a family are thankful for. We often can be forgetful of that which we need to be grateful for. This time of year we need to pause and realign ourselves with reality.

Science tells us to be Grateful

Dr. Michael McCollough, of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Dr. Robert Emmons, of the University of California at Davis, say their initial scientific study indicates that gratitude plays a significant role in a person’s sense of well-being.

Scripture tells us to be Grateful

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Being grateful or thankful is important for some reason so let’s take a moment and examine it and its origins a bit more carefully and see what it takes to incorporate this attitude of gratitude into our lifestyle.

Gratitude is...

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. -Cicero:

Definition of Gratitude

Main Entry: grate•ful : adjective meaning to be appreciative of benefits received

Gratitude is when the Benefited acknowledge their Benefits.

First we Must recognize that we have been Greatly benefited by God.

Psalm 103:2 My soul, praise the LORD, and do not forget all His benefits.

Here is a short List:

Clear Conscience Romans 8:1

Life and Peace Romans 8:6

Help with Weakness Romans 8:26

Freedom John 8:32,36

Purpose Romans 8:28

Confidence Romans 8:31

Security Romans 8:39

Power and Strength Philippians 4:13

Fulfillment Philippians 4:9

When we acknowledge the benefits of God to God it creates a Cycle… here are some basic ways we react to a thankful attitude.

Bring Physical and mental Health

Dr. Michael McCollough, of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Dr. Robert Emmons, of the University of California at Davis, say their initial scientific study indicates that gratitude plays a significant role in a person’s sense of well-being.

The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of...

alertness,

enthusiasm,

determination,

optimism

and energy.

Additionally, the gratitude group experienced

less depression and stress,

was more likely to help others,

exercised more regularly and

made more progress toward personal goals.

According to the findings, people who feel grateful are also

more likely to feel loved.

McCollough and Emmons also noted that gratitude encouraged a

positive cycle of reciprocal kindness among people since one act of gratitude encourages another.

It is a cure for various sickness

Studies show physical benefits to having a good outlook on life. Less likely to get the flu.

A recent study carried out by researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University found that people who are happy, cheerful, lively and exhibit positive feelings on a regular basis have fewer chances of catching a cold and, even when they get sick, they have milder symptoms of the disorder. Also, the findings of the research showed that optimist people are less likely to be under the weather independent of other factors such age, body-mass, gender, race, education etc.

SO it should be obvious to us by now that we are geared to respond to positive attitudes with health and that health is encouraged by a grateful disposition!!!

Melodie Beattie:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

What To do to be a person of Gratitude?

Refresh your eyes

What you see will either encourage you or make you grateful.

Psalm 101:3

I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.

Hebrews 12:2

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Refresh your words

What are you talking about and who are you talking to?

Are you spending time discussing the latest soap or reality show? Are you stewing over the elections or the political climate in the world? Are you talking about?

Word have power!!

Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 12:18

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Refresh your ears

What you listen to matters

Proverbs 23:12

Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.

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Kevin Beales

commented on Jan 10, 2008

Packed with scripture. A powerful argument to be thankful.

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