Ungratefulness, bitterness, resentment – they become your acquaintances when life does not unfold the way you planned. Having them around makes you feel suspicious and cynical when they whisper to you that you’ve suffered unjustly, that you are a victim of circumstances. They keep you from seeking forgiveness and add difficulty to your relationships. When you’re not looking, they rob your joy. They crave attention and invite others to their parties – pity parties.
If you try to just ignore them, they do not naturally fade away. If you don’t kick them out, they will set up house, get comfortable, and stay for as long as you let them. They are exhausting company to keep. If you cling to them, they will try to find a way to become your identity. You become the things you are against.
Getting rid of them is no easy task. They are not just a single emotion or attitude that needs to be turned off. If you kick them out, they will come back.
But if you fill your house with other guests, there will be no room for them to stay. Even better, you need to fill your house with guests that are incompatible to them.
Gratitude – she becomes your acquaintance when you choose to see beyond the surface and see how God has led you to this moment through everything that has happened in the past, and with that is sending you into a future that is part of His plan if you yield to Him. Gratitude will disintegrate the fatigue that comes from resentment and bitterness and move you forward to new possibilities, energizing you.
Gratitude kicks out feelings of entitlement as you become aware of the abundance of gifts poured into your life. With her around, you will see what you have as quickly as you see what you don’t have. She helps you treasure and value other people just the way they are.
And no matter what happens, if you allow gratitude to flow from the cross of Jesus into your life, you will be able to see that Jesus is the main house guest, changing your identity into something even more beautiful. You will be able to keep Him near, no matter what happens, and gratitude is your friend that helps you along the way.