Gratitude is a Christian Attitude, not an Emotion.
Giving is an act of gratitude. And Christian gratitude, just like Christian love, is an attitude, not an emotion. It can be learned. We can work on our attitudes, we can practice to be grateful. I am sure you can imagine that this practice can be very difficult at times. – On the day when you lose your job, for example. – Or a loved one. – On the day when you get evicted. – On the day when you start drinking again. Especially on those days, it is really important to think about what you are grateful for. – Because there is always something. And if you find one thing, which deserves your gratitude, others will follow. Gratefulness is as contagious as ungratefulness can be. And an attitude of gratitude does not only make you a better person, it also makes you more resilient. It equips you to cope with difficult times. And it equips you to be generous.
Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.
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