Have you ever considered gratitude to be a treasure? Something to seek after with all the intentionality of searching for the greatest treasure you could imagine?
If I was completely honest, I’d admit there are times when gratitude seems too hard. Walking through heart ache or disappointment can leave me drained. In those seasons, it’s much simpler to sulk, or complain, or throw myself a PMS (Poor Me Syndrome) party than it is to choose gratitude.
In a season of loss, it’s easier to cling to grief,
. . . the unmet longing,
. . . the sorrow than it is to choose to be grateful.
Gratitude is a choice. And every time I purpose to be grateful, I plant a seed of peace into my sorrowing heart. In the middle of the trial, in the center of chaos when I look for something I can say “Thank You” for, a little piece of angst is replaced with a tiny seed of hope.
Choosing gratitude is the treasure. It’s the rainbow that splashes droplets of color into a dark and drab me. It adds a bit of life to a hurting heart. It replaces Self with glimpses of the Savior, the One who loves me and walks with me through every season of life.
Gratitude isn’t a destination, it’s a moment by moment choice with life-changing possibilities.
What about you? How has gratitude changed you? What makes choosing gratitude difficult?