As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John F. Kennedy
November is the month of thankfulness. I like this quote because it calls me to live my gratitude, not just one day but all the time. That is a challenge! It’s easy to say the words, “I’m grateful for…” or “I thank God for…” What does it mean to really live Gratitude? What does it look like?
I think it means to put my appreciation and gratitude into ACTION. If I thank God for my family, how am I showing my appreciation for each member of my family? Am I doing kind things for them to show them how special they are to me? If I am grateful for the bounty of food I’ve been blessed with, am I sharing that food with those who may need it most, to show how valuable food is, and how lucky I am to have it? If I am grateful for having a good job, am I putting my whole self into my job, giving it my best effort? Am I grateful for good friends, how do I show my friends how grateful I am? Do I go a bit out of my way to befriend someone who doesn’t seem to have many friends, so they, too, can feel the blessing of friendship, which I find so valuable?
You get the idea. The funny thing about gratitude, and really showing it, is that it is truly transformational to the one living it out. If you are interested in a little bit of feel-good movie on just this kind of thing, I stumbled on a movie on Netflix, I think, called Little Boy. You may enjoy it, even as your sense of gratitude is affirmed.
Loving God, you give me so many blessings to be thankful for,
and yet I don’t really know how well I truly show my gratitude.
Please open my heart wide to be able to SHOW what all your blessings mean to me,
by demonstrating and sharing appreciation properly.
May I share the blessings you bestow on me with others,
spreading your transformational love. Amen.