The Value of Gratitude
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. —Psalm 100:4
The Movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released in 2005 starring Johnny Depp as the famous Willy Wonka. In the movie, five lucky children are exclusively invited inside the chocolate factory. Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Mike Teavee, Violet Beauregarde and Charlie Bucket are the lucky five who find the golden ticket.
If you have seen the movie, you are probably aware that each of the children who enters has character flaws. Veruca is selfish and self absorbed; she thinks that she deserves everything. Augustus is a glutton; he can't seem to stop overindulging, no matter what warnings are thrown his way. Mike, well, he has no respect for authority and has a quick temper. He bullies his parents as well as anybody else who is around. Violet is highly competitive and will do anything to win, even if it means being blue for the rest of her life. And then there is Charlie. What is he? Grateful.
People who are grateful are the people who you see walking around life with joy written on their hearts and shining through their eyes. These are the people who have learned to appreciate what they have been given and, normally, are not focused only on stuff or things. They are thinking about friends, family, loved ones. Take a look at what the Bible, in the book of Romans, says about the ungrateful.
"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened." (Romans 1:21)
The Bible says that we come into the Lord's presence when we are grateful and give thanks. It is gratefulness that softens each person's heart, helping him or her to be aware of the blessings each has been given.
The character Charlie understood. He did not need all the money or all the chocolate in the world to be happy. He had a life overflowing with the love of those who were around him. He did not dwell on what he did not have, but focused on all he did have. He was grateful. Truly, it is those who are grateful, no matter their circumstances, which end up with uncountable blessings for eternity.
- Make a list of 5 things that you are thankful for in your life.
- Why does it sometimes get hard to be happy with what you have, or your circumstances?
1 Samuel 25:37-40; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; Philippians 4:19