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Grace Moments Devotions - January 10

  • 2018 Jan 10

January 10
Assertive gratitude
Jason Nelson

Along the way, expressing appreciation became a passive activity. It’s how we were raised. Grandpa gave us a quarter and Mom said, “Now, what do you say?” We were conditioned to say thanks in reaction to kindness. I am proposing that we become proactive and put gratitude ahead of the curve. That we express appreciation as a way of signaling to others that we anticipate good things from them.

            Assertive gratitude is the response of people made alive in Christ. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15). When Christ is at the heart of our sentiments, thankful is what we be.

We tend to forego expressing appreciation to people we take for granted or for things we view as someone’s responsibility, especially if they’re getting paid for it. It’s their job. They shouldn’t need a pat on the back. But if we withhold our gratitude from them, we fail to thank God for them. They are his agents to us through their efforts.

            So, I’ve been practicing. Thanks for being my friend. Thanks for your courage in marrying my son. Thanks for taking my call. Thanks for taking my pulse. Thanks for squeezing my car in, again. Thanks for staying with me for all these years. Thanks for coming to church today.

            And thanks a lot for reading this. I really appreciate it.

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