On gratefulness…

“Happiness is not getting what we want, but being grateful for what we have.” 

This quote from a random British TV show we were watching one evening really stuck with me.  We always seem to want more, without being grateful for what we already have.  Millions have been spent in research to find out what the “perfect” monthly wage is that would make everyone happy.  The answer across the board:


So, happiness is elusive.  But gratitude is not.

In fact, gratitude is God’s will!  Are you fasting, praying, desperately searching to know God’s will for you life?  How about this:

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.   I Thess. 5:16-18

Giving Thanks Together

The following poem from The Valley of Vision expresses a heart full of gratitude and one after God’s will:

O My Lord

You, fairest, greatest, first of all object,

My heart admires, adores, loves you,

For my little vessel is as full as it can be,

And I would pour out all that fullness before you in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with you

Ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,

Ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,

Ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart.

Crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless You for the soul you have created,

for adorning it, sanctifying it,

though it is fixed in barren soil;

for the body you have given me,

for preserving its strength and vigour,

for providing senses to enjoy delights,

for the ease and freedom of my limbs,

for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;

for your royal bounty providing my daily support,

for a full table and overflowing cup

for appetite, taste, sweetness

for social joys of relatives and friends,

for ability to serve others,

for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,

for a mind to care for my fellow-men

for opportunities of spreading happiness around

for loved ones in the joys of heaven,

for my own expectation of seeing you clearly.

I love you above the powers of language to express, for what you are to your creatures.

Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.

4 thoughts on “On gratefulness…

  1. I think happiness is one of the side effects of practicing gratitude. Perhaps contentment would be a better term than happiness. Either way, I know that taking time to express gratitude each day and week has changed me as a person, and it’s something else that I’m grateful for. 🙂

    • Yes! I thought of the video you shared, and talked with my husband about it too. Just as God gave the law originally for man’s benefit, so too, is His desire that we be grateful. An attitude of gratitude is GOOD for us, n’est-ce pas? It changes us, and the ripple effect makes a difference in other’s lives. (PS I accidently published this before it was ready, so my apologies for all the quirky errors. I’m fixing them now.) I’m thankful for YOU!!

  2. I am grateful for this post! Everyday I say aloud and in my head, in prayer or to my family, what I am grateful for..but it seems to be clouded by my fleshy attitude..I continue to desire that the Lord grow me..Lately I have stumbled upon 3 verses about contentment..most form Paul’s letters in the Bible. I have felt so content, and yet yearn for some other personal goal to be fulfilled, but realize that is not in His plan at this time..Lately, He I have felt the Holy Spirit telling me to be content in a certain situation..I wrestled with it, understood it, and now it seems that was a test 🙂 Although I fail many of His tests daily, I am content, content with my family, our finances, and even with my crazy skin conditions…LOL 😉 I am NOT content to stay comfortable, I truly desire to grow and learn where God is taking me, or what He is tasking me with.. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and His . Love you

    • Love you!! Because you’re reading the Word and leaning on HIm daily, He really is directing your path, and causing you to grow, strong and fruitful in Him! This is something for which I am ever and eternally grateful!!

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