Lately I have been realizing just how rude I must come across to God. Unfortunately I can be pretty ungrateful for the things the Lord has done in my life. The truth is most of us can overlook gratitude in our spiritual life. Often times this happens because we only go to Jesus in prayer when we are in a crisis. Once the crisis is over, we leave Jesus out of our lives. The ancient Israelites could teach us a lesson in gratitude. When God would work powerfully in a persons life, they would hold a feast and sacrifice an animal. In the middle of the feast, the person who invited everyone would stand up and tell everyone the story of the glorious deed God did in their life. Now that’s gratitude.
While I am not advocating you hold a feast and sacrifice an animal, gratefulness is a very important part of our spiritual life. Gratefulness shows humility. When we thank God, we acknowledge that He has worked in our life.
Here are Some tips to Cultivate a spirituality of Gratitude:
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.