It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 17, Book 17

Two essential words deserve special attention– Thank you!

Gratitude is a mindful awareness of the benefits of life. It is the greatest of virtues. Studies link it with a variety of positive effects. Grateful people tend to be more empathetic and forgiving of others; less envious, less materialistic and less self-centered.

Gratitude improves self esteem and enhances relationships, quality of sleep, and longevity. If it came in pill form, gratitude would be deemed the miracle cure. It’s no wonder that God’s anxiety therapy includes a large, delightful dollop of gratitude.

The anxious heart says, Lord, if only I had this, that, or the other, I’d be okay. The grateful heart says, Oh look! You’ve already given me this, that, and the other. Thank you, God.

Worry refuses to share the heart with gratitude. One heartfelt thank you will suck oxygen out of worry’s world. So say it often!

Max Lucado

a thankful heart

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! 

Henry Ward Beecher

We owe a debt of gratitude to God, but this attitude should also spill over into our relationships with others, as well. Our lives and our conversations should be marked by expressions of thankfulness toward our fellow man.

And that goes double for the members of our own household.

Don’t take your families for granted. Express genuine appreciation for everything they do for you, whether great or small.

Always say thank you. But don’t stop there. Real gratitude runs much deeper than words. It extends far beyond anything we can verbalize.

Our thankfulness should affect not only how we think, but also how we live and how we treat the people around us.

Begin each day, end each day, and live each day with a sincerely thankful heart. And as each day passes, you’ll have more and more for which to be thankful.

 Ralph Marston


betty said...

I like what Max Lucado said in that worry refuses to share a heart with gratitude. I rather have gratitude in my heart than worry. We always do thank each other for what is done around the house, etc. Its a good habit to do I think!


Chatty Crone said...

I have kept a grateful journal for some 25 years - I write it to God - and it has changed my entire life.

Mevely317 said...

I make it a point each week to thank our cashier and bag boy/person; and, if I see their name tag, call them by name. Sad, when they look surprised. One young woman actually replied, "For what? I'm just doing my job." Let's start an epidemic, by example! :)


being grateful does change your life, pure and simple.