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November Seeds for Thought
by Pastor Stephen Blenkush

Stewardship and Gratitude

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. – Psalm 9:1

Pastor Rob Blezard, a stewardship consultant out in Pennsylvania writes about how GRATITUDE is the attitude, the key that can unlock the doors of our lives to more joy, satisfaction, contentment, love and peace. Gratitude undergirds everything we do as disciples of Christ and stewards of the gifts with which God entrusts us. Are these bold claims? Yes! Are they true? Without a doubt!

Blame it on our consumer culture that constantly implores us to buy more, or simply blame it on human nature, but many of us focus way too much on our unfilled desires, our unmet wants. Whether it’s a fancier car, a bigger house, whiter teeth, more friends, a fatter paycheck or skinnier body, our wants can overwhelm and define us if we’re not careful. Want and desire can blind us to the blessings we already have in this wonderful life that God has given us.

What’s the cure? Gratitude! It’s an attitude that can be developed through prayer and practice. And since we are gearing up for Thanksgiving on November 22, why not make it a month-long effort?

Start by making a list of things for which you are thankful today. (If you have a smartphone that enables you to take notes, use it. A small pad or index card will also do.) Include at least 20 items on the list.

Carry the list with you and pray over it several times a day, saying, “I thank God for this. I thank God for that,” and so on. Make it a working project, adding to the list as you think of new blessings or reordering them in priority.

As the weeks unfold, see if you won’t develop an attitude of gratitude for the things you already have and a deep satisfaction and peace for your life. Gratitude unlocks our lives to the abundance that God intends for us.

Marked with the cross of Christ forever, 
we are claimed, gathered,
and sent for the sake of the world.

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