Intentional Gratitude

I’m sure everyone could attest that there are days when we don’t feel very grateful. The truth is that we are hard pressed on all sides, busy beyond exhaustion, and confronted by people who wish to do us harm. And King Jehosaphat in the Old Testament encourages us that it is during those days when we need to intentionally practice our gratitude. Though we may need to allow ourselves to feel all our emotions, at some point we also must put them aside, write down a few items for which we are grateful, express them to others, and then move on with life. And as we nurture our attitudes of gratitude, we will become more grateful than ever.