The Habit of Gratefulness

The Habit of Gratefulness


4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Genesis 12:4-7

Abram, his family and many others traveled about 400 miles to Canaan, and then about as far to Shechem. The Lord told Abram again that He would bless him. Just as Noah did when he disembarked from the ark, Abram made an altar to make a sacrifice to the Lord. It’s a simple response from a grateful heart.

Perhaps – just perhaps – if we stopped to give thanks when we are blessed, we’d get irritated at the little things less, we’d smile more often, and we’d learn to love the unlovely. There is no “downside” to doing giving thanks, but it take effort on our parts. Scientists say it takes 21 days to form a habit. If we started now, it could be a full-fledged habit by the first of June.

What are you thankful today for?

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