the gift of receiving
December 27, 2017

Gratitude Is Normal

By: Daniel Montalvo [Boca Raton, FL]

Think of a time you gave someone a really spot-on gift.

Remember your excitement as you imagined the person’s reaction and your joy as they smiled and said, “Thank you!” These moments can feel pretty special; and the excitement that comes with them is a normal response, something good, healthy, and desirable.


Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator.
James 1:17a (GNT)

How often you have shared moments like this with God? If you think broadly enough, you could link every good thing in your life back to God, the supreme gift-giver. Imagine being in God’s shoes, providing so many gifts to the beings you created. For God to anticipate moments when we jump for joy and shout “Thank you!” seems completely normal.

Now imagine yourself once again as the receiver. We are the ones who have received everything good from God. Each time we pray, we have a legitimate reason to shout a big THANK YOU to God. Try it—really! Gratitude is a totally normal response.


30 SECONDS OF THANKS: Take 30 seconds to make a mental list of as many good things in your life as you can. As you acknowledge the source of these gifts, you might feel a deep sense of wonder and excitement building up in you, ready to burst out in gratitude. If so, close your 30 seconds with a shout of gratitude.


30 Seconds of Thanks

Take 30 seconds to make a mental list of as many good things in your life as you can. As you acknowledge the source of these gifts, you might feel a deep sense of wonder and excitement building up in you, ready to burst out in gratitude. If so, close your 30 seconds with a shout of gratitude.

the gift of receiving

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