Club 252

Gratitude Adjustment

on November 3, 2011

This is gonna be a GREAT month. November is all about Gratitude. Reggie Joiner gives the intro for the virtue here. This month, we’re focusing on “gratitude adjustments” – I love it! He points out how important gratitude is & how the lack of it effects our lives in SO-O-O many ways. Take time today to watch that if you can. You’ll be glad you did.

An easy way to remember the response we should have to any situation that come up in our lives is: GREAT. We are to have a G.R.E.A.T. response no matter what. (Our vs. this month is but one of many verses that could be sited here: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18) …

GGive Thanks. Act of your will, not an emotion. Oh, and that’s a command, not an option.
RRejoice. Spend time finding something to emotionally be joyful about it. God put it in your life, so it is good. (Think Joseph in Egypt here.)
EEngraft Scripture. Make a list of verses (ask God for them) that give you what you need for this situation. Study them. Memorize them. Meditate on them day & night. Make them part of you. Engraft = “to incorporate in a firm or permanent way; implant.”
AAppeal to God. We just talked about the parable of the persistent friend last night. Read it here.
TTriumph over evil with good. With the Holy Spirit & some God-given creativity, you can!

If you’re interested in more details about a “GREAT” response, read here. Responding this way every time is a lifetime assignment for me – doesn’t come naturally.

When I was in elementary school, we had a teacher who would attack bad attitudes with a saying when spotted. She’d loudly say, “Attitude adjustment!” And the one with a BA would have to respond with, “Praise the Lord!” She’d keep repeating until it was convincingly stated. We may just resurrect that one this month.

GRATITUDE!! It’ll change your life! May we teach our little ones to practice this early & often & may they see it lived out in us.

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