Christian Living Resources Living Well

Choosing Gratitude

Do you feel like you’re grateful every day of your life for the things you have in your life? It’s not about your material possessions or how easy things are for you, but rather the state fo your heart. Whether you struggle with feelings of ungratefulness or not, challenge yourself to take the following steps to increase the depth of your gratitude towards God for all he has given. You may find that doing so shifts your focus and provides you with a happier, more fulfilling life.

Do an Inventory

What do you have in your life to be grateful for? Are you in good health? Do you have at least one friend you can talk to about your troubles? Do you know Jesus? Do you have family? Do you have a roof over your head? What do you enjoy doing? What enables you to do that? What brings you joy, even if it’s very small.

List out all of the things for which you have to be grateful for and post it somewhere you’ll see it regularly to remind you of those things.

Find New Things Every Day

At the end of every day before you go to bed, challenge yourself to add one item to your list, even if it is something tiny or even if you’ve had a very hard day.

Share with an Accountability Partner

Once a week or every other week, set a date with a trusted friend where you can both share the positive things and the things for which you have to be grateful in your lives. If one of you is struggling to find something, pray for and encourage the other.

Volunteer or Serve in Mission Work

Nothing sets your heart right faster than being the hands and feet of Jesus. In almost every single situation, there is someone in this world who is struggling more than you are. Whether it’s cooking a meal for an invalid in your neighborhood or going on a mission trip across the world to help build a church, if you’re struggling to feel grateful, you need to be actively serving those who are less fortunate than you are.