Embrace Gratitude

body of water at daytime

What? What does that mean, to embrace gratitude?

Those who have read my first novel, “If I Should Die” one of the characters in the book has a short exchange with the main character, Julius, about ingratitude:

It’s sad how many people are like Ralph Meecham. God sends so many blessings on everyone, but they get so wrapped up with everyday living that they don’t even stop to say thank you. Ingratitude is a horrible sin.”

“Ingratitude—I’d never thought about it.” Julius waited at the stop sign while a pickup passed.

“The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and ingratitude is a root of evil also.” Mrs. MacDonald frowned and fingered the handle on her purse. “We all should be grateful, but we want to do it our way. Or we just want to do what we want to do. Regardless of the consequences to ourselves, or to others. Everything should be democratic—like we should get to vote on things. Why do we think God needs our opinion? How absurd, how absolutely blasphemous.” She shook her head.

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Gratitude is the act of being/acting grateful… Of course, ingratitude is the act of being ungrateful. Most of us find ourselves in-between.

I may be the only one who does this, but often I’m so grateful. I’ll be all thank you, Lord for all these blessings… And then something goes wrong, and I’m all different.

I’m like, I didn’t sign up for this. I don’t want this. What are you thinking God—I thought you loved me?

On a good day, I will try to jerk myself back into the thankfulness mode. On a really bad day? Maybe I’ll just wallow in pity for a while.

Ezekiel 36:

25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.