Life fulfillment does not precede thanks. I’ve tried that. Not going to happen. Not the kind of life fulfillment we as Christian women crave. So if you’ve been waiting for that thing to happen – the phone call, the offer, the revelation, the miracle – it’s worth noting: a thankful heart comes first.
“Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out.
Do you agree, if Jesus knew gratitude from the heart precedes life-changing miracles, it might be something to incorporate into our lives as we navigate our way to fulfillment and purpose?
Life Fulfillment Calls For An Attitude of Gratitude
Grumbling and discontent reveal ungratefulness and cannot exist with faith and a thankful heart.
For many years I believed I was grateful. I really did.
But what I came to realize is that while I spoke words of thanks in one breath, in the next I heard myself inwardly and out loud complaining about the way things seemed to be going.
I was tired of waiting for the thing that would make life more fulfilling. I hate to admit it but I got stuck on the three w’s:
- Why not, and
- When will you ever, God?
Stuck for a long time.
As God looked down at my verbal stomping I imagine he witnessed something like a three year old in the check out line at the grocery store demanding the brightly wrapped candy and fussing because she wasn’t getting it – right now!
Surely, in such instances God must say to us like we do to our children … When you stop stomping and griping, I’ll consider your request. Or … After that display? No ma’am. You’ve got some changes to make in your attitude. You’ll have to wait.
God’s fulfillment of our desires often depends on our attitude – our attitude of gratitude.
You Must Choose
It’s impossible to be thankful and ungrateful at the same time. I had to choose.
- Will I express my faith through heart-felt thanks for what I have today regardless of God’s response?
- Will I remain prideful, self-focused, and blind to anything and everything – except me?
Jesus makes clear that thanks precedes fulfillment and leads to life-changing miracles throughout the New Testament. At the last supper with the disciples, he took the bread and gave thanks knowing the cross was soon to come.
Still, he gave thanks for what he had been given at that time and in that moment.
Then, God gave the life-changing, transformational miracle.
Be Intentional. Choose To Give Thanks. Experience Life Fulfillment.
Living a life of thanksgiving is not something that comes naturally to us … at least not at first.
Moving from a hard-earned, pride-filled position of thinking we should get this or that how and when we want it, to a bowed-down position of believing the goodness of God’s plans no matter how long we must wait or what we must learn, requires moment-by-moment attention and intention.
If you’re waiting on God for an answer or a transformational miracle so you will finally find fulfillment at home, work, and in life remember Jesus’ example and be intentional about giving thanks first for what you’ve already been given.
Because thanks precedes fulfillment.
Be intentional about giving thanks throughout your day today … and tomorrow … for all God has given you. Repeat.
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