Giving Thanks Keeps Ungodly Attitudes in Check

 “Decide to turn blessings into praise: Every
blessing you pour out, I’ll turn back to praise. Every blessing I don’t turn
back to praise turns into pride.”

 – Craig Groeschel
Ungodly attitudes include envy, pride, entitlement,
covetousness and more. Gratitude keeps these all in check. The situation may
remain the same, but maintaining a grateful outlook will adjust your attitude.
It’s all about perspective.
Author and speaker Craig Groeschel tells a story
about his family’s vacation to a beach resort. It rained the whole week and he
was not happy about it. He grumbled, whined, and made the whole family
miserable as well. On the last day, the sun came out and they raced down to the
beach.
The Groeschels have six kids, so each parent took
three, and off they went. Craig got distracted for a moment and when he looked
around, one of the little ones was missing! They searched all over and in were
serious panic when the little guy came over a sand dune, pulling up his pants.
After they resumed breathing, they laughed themselves silly and finished up the
vacation in great spirits. At first, Craig chose to be miserable because things
didn’t go according to plan, but then he chose to be grateful for his family
and the time they had together.
Consider the story of the Prodigal Son. All the
youngest son wanted to do was get out of his boring life and spend his fortune
having fun. But when he realized that the party was over, all he wanted to do
was get back to the people he loved. He was grateful to go home and be a slave
because he knew his father would treat him fairly. A grateful heart changes our
perspective.
So
what’s next? What do you do now? How about praising God for all of the amazing
gifts He’s given, beginning with His precious Son? Let’s pray together and ask
the Lord to rid us of any ingratitude, envy, pride, or entitlement within our
hearts.
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Sandra D. Bricker
is a best-selling and award-winning author of laugh-out-loud romantic comedy
for the Christian market. Her most popular series (that started with Always
the Baker Never the Bride
) will conclude this spring with Always the
Baker FINALLY the Bride
, which is now available for pre-order at Amazon.

Sandie leads a team of writers in creating the Living It Out daily Bible study for CedarCreek Church. Today’s devotion is based on the Living
It Out study on the importance of gratitude. If you enjoyed it, feel free to
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