GRATITUDE ELEVATED

Count your many blessings,
Name them one by one.
And it will surprise you
What the Lord has done.
Count your many blessings,
See what God has done.

That’s the refrain of a popular hymn sung in many Protestant churches in the United States. It’s a hymn of gratitude – a timely topic this Thanksgiving season.

Focus On The Good

In many churches, pastors urge their congregants to take their watchful eyes off the barren places in their lives and refocus them on the good that’s already present. Some respond by making a nightly list of all the good things that happened that day. Have you ever done that? It does seem to soften the rough bumps and hard blows of the day.

Such a list might look like this:

  • I am so grateful that the business transaction went through without a hitch.
  • I am so grateful that the doctor says my body is healing.
  • I am grateful that I wasn’t hurt in the car accident.
  • I am really grateful that I won $200.00 in the state lottery.

A List Built On Spiritual Reality

Nothing is wrong if your list looks like this, but let’s elevate it. The list above is likely to change tomorrow, and the following week it’ll be forgotten. Meaning, there’s another way to build a “gratitude list” that’s enduring and changeless. Such a list is built on spiritual reality. It’s a list that can be contemplated for days on end, revealing even greater wonders.

As you read the list below, it will trigger other ideas. That’s good. It’s supposed to do that. Let those ideas flow. Sit with them. Contemplate them. In doing so, you’ll squeeze all of the juice out of this enchanting moment of contemplation.

The Elevated List

  • I am grateful to know that despite all contrary appearances, God (Perfection) is the only Presence.
  • I am grateful to know that I and God is one, and all that God Is, I Am.
  • I am grateful to know that the kingdom of heaven in all its resplendent grandeur inheres my very own being.

NOTE: This gratitude is not to a God outside of you for so-called gifts given to you. Rather, this gratitude is another way of saying, “I’m so glad that I’ve come to realize the freeing Truth of God’s Allness.” It’s an exercise in spiritual mindfulness.

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