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Yes, it's that time of year again. Once November hits, blogs everywhere post things like "The Top 10 Things I'm Thankful For." You know, it probably should be something we consider more often, but at least there's a special time of year just to be thankful, right?

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Anyway... Back to my original thought. 😉

While I might throw in a few things here and there throughout the month about things I'm most thankful for - and ask you all for your thoughts, of course! - I want to focus on somewhat of a different aspect, maybe to see things in a different light. Gratitude.

You may ask, "What's the difference?" (Even if you didn't ask, I'm going to assume you did, so I can answer the question! 😊)

Gratitude means "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness."

My, my. Think about that for second - "readiness to show appreciation for AND to return kindness." Gratitude is a step beyond thankfulness. It's not just being thankful and saying so, but being SO thankful that you are compelled to action.

Just think! What if we applied that to everyday life? What if, when you finally rolled out of bed after hitting snooze a couple of times on a Monday morning, your feet hit the floor and you thought, "I'm alive another day, despite what happened yesterday. Thank You, God!"

If we approached each new day with the idea that we've been given the precious gift of another day, then the woman who cut us off on our way to work may not bother us so bad, and we might think twice about instantly stereotyping the "beggars" on the street corner. We may stop and reconsider our reaction to the student who seems starved for attention, or the child that can't seem to get his act together.

From thankfulness to gratitude.

And beyond that, our "mandatory" prayer and Bible reading may not feel so mandatory anymore. After all, when you're truly thankful to the One who gave you another day, how can you not want to spend a little time telling Him about it? "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." (I Peter 5:7). What an amazing transformation!

From thankfulness to gratitude.

I know it's definitely something that I need to work on.

What about you? How do you think this transformation could change things about your everyday? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time,