An Attitude of Gratitude

‘Two men looked out through prison bars, One saw mud, the other stars.’

It’s a matter of attitude that makes all the difference. If you give a dyed-in-the-wool complainer £10,000 tomorrow, he would probably thank you, but find good reasons why it would have been a bit better if you’d given it him today. An attitude of complaint and criticism falls like icy frost on everyone within a radius of five miles. An attitude of gratitude, on the other hand, falls like sunshine upon what had been a cold and dark landscape.

An attitude of gratitude is what the Bible means by a praising heart’. But how can you? How can you actually praise God in the way that it says in Philippians 4: 6Philippians 4: 6
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  

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– ‘In everything with thanksgiving’? How can you have an attitude of gratitude when the outlook is black, and your health is bad and no-one cares, and the dog’s been sick, and there are money worries, and, anyway, it’s raining?

I don’t have a magic formula, except to say that millions have found it is possible, and whether you see mud or stars makes all the difference in the world.

Listen, ‘In nothing be anxious, but in everything by prayer, with thanksgiving’.

Try it today, and see that it really does work.

Now read; Acts 5: 28-34Acts 5: 28-34
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. 29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. 33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. 34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;  

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and Acts 5: 40-42Acts 5: 40-42
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.  

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