Daily Devotion - April 21, 2021 - Have a Grateful Day

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – April 21, 2021
Reading – Philippians 4:4-8
Have a Grateful Day

A popular saying when two people part these days is “Be blessed” or “Have a blessed day!”. It is a great way to let the person know that you believe in the One from whom all blessings flow, God and that you hope that they acknowledge blessings. However, this morning as I opened my sweetener packet these different words jumped out to me, “Have a Grateful Day”! There is nothing wrong with extending blessings to others but to fully understand and appreciate just how blessed we are, perhaps we first need to stop and assess the blessings we already have and be grateful! In other words, having a grateful day is most likely going to remind us of the blessings we already experience in our lives.

What does it mean to be grateful? The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it as “being appreciative of benefits received; expressing gratitude; affording pleasure or contentment; and pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated. For the Christian, being grateful should a lifestyle, a way that we live our life every day. That said, sometimes we may lose sight of all that God has done, is doing, and is going to do in our life, and we let other attitudes dictate our mood for the day. The apostle Paul offers wise words in his final exhortation to the people of Philippi which if applied to our lives every day will give us an attitude of gratitude and a grateful heart.

Paul encourages the Philippians and us today to rejoice in the Lord always. When we do this, Paul implies, our gentleness will show. The means through which we are enabled to rejoice always and to be gentle is by remembering that the Lord is near… God is ever present with us. Through our prayers and making our requests known to God we can have assurance and will not be anxious about anything but in all things will give thanks. We can then experience the peace that transcends everything else. A hedge of protection will be placed around our hearts and minds, enabling us to reflect on what is pure, lovely, admirable, and excellent, thus leading us to be grateful people.

Being grateful is a choice we have every day. We can decide to embrace all that is good and right, focusing on the positive things in our lives, rather than dwelling on all the negative things that we hear in the news each day. While we do need to keep up with current events and take action to make this world a better place, we also need to reflect on the many good and right things that are made available to us through being in a relationship with the One who is always near, hears our prayers, assures us during times of anxiety and gives us reason to rejoice always.

Dear God, helps us to have a grateful day every day and to acknowledge the greatest blessing of all is to be in a relationship with us. Help us to be thankful and to be a blessing in someone else’s life who may yet not be in a relationship with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 
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