Monday, July 16, 2012
Motivational Monday: Gratitude
Gratitude requires awareness and effort, not only to feel it but to express it. Frequently we are oblivious to the Lord's hand. We murmur, complain, resist, criticize; so often we are not grateful.
A family was going through a difficult time. It was hard for them not to focus on their challenges.
The mother wrote: "Our world had completely crumpled, so we turned to Heavenly Father for guidance.
Almost immediately we realized that we were surrounded by goodness and were being cheered on from every side. We began as a family to express our gratitude to each other as well as to the Lord daily.
A close friend pointed out to me that our family's "blessing basket" was overflowing.
From that conversation came a sort of game, which my children and I grew to love. Before family prayer each night we would talk about how our day had gone and then share with each other all of the many blessings that had been added to our "blessing basket."
The more we expressed gratitude, the more there was to be grateful for. We felt the love of the Lord in a significant way as opportunities for growth presented themselves."
(Story from Bonnie D. Parkin in the April 2007 General Conference "Gratitude: A Path to Happiness)
Doctrine and Covenants 78:19
And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.