Nothing is as deeply spiritual as a truly grateful heart. Gratitude is the great “fabric softener” of the heart. Since God is the source of every good gift (James 1:17, NIV), a truly deeply grateful heart does us a world of good. It humbles us, it re-focuses us on the source of good, and it softens us for the next thing that will fall from God’s hand, be it delightful or painful.
When I think of what a grateful heart should look like, my mind goes to the bible character Job. In the midst of absurdly unfair and painful suffering, Job declares, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away– Blessed be the name of the Lord!”
Clearly, Job was simply thankful for God! Not the array of things God was doing for him at the moment. Just God Himself! What a great place to locate our heart and mind that would be.
Happy Thanksgiving to you!
“and the truth shall set you free…”