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“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” Clement Stone

An attitude of gratitude. It has a neat ring to it. But once we take a closer look, we can’t help but wonder, “What is it and how do I get one?” According to the "Sage’s English Dictionary," attitude primarily means “a theatrical pose created for effect”. Hmmm, thats about looks.

The second definition echoes the first, but the third definition digs deeper. Here "The Sage" tells us that attitude is “a complex mental state involving beliefs, feelings, values, and dispositions to act in certain ways.”  Whew!  No wonder having a good attitude can be so hard. It’s complex. "The Sage" says so.

Yes, an attitude of gratitude is more than a way we act or a way we pose. An attitude of gratitude is a reflection of something that is happening much deeper within us. “…out of the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

I’m learning that cultivating an attitude of gratitude means paying attention to what is happening inside my heart; observing and asking questions. Am I feeling stressed? Hopeless? Lost? Overwhelmed? I’m learning that these feelings are here, not to harass me, but to remind me to do an inner-heart check; to ask myself, “Am I working solo at something that was meant to be done in partnership?”

At that place deep inside myself where my humanity runs out of itself and I call out to God declaring, “I can’t do this!” at that very place I can find a reason for an attitude of gratitude. It happens during a familiar little conversation.

"I slipped away from You and tried to do it on my own."

"Yes you did."

"It was wrong. I’m sorry. Will you forgive me?"

"Yes. I already have."

"I can’t do this.  I feel stressed... hopeless… lost… overwhelmed..." 

"Yes, I know. That is why I am here."

"Will You help me?" "Here, you dropped your posy of promises. Take them in one hand and give me your other."

“For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you”  (Isaiah 41:13).

No matter how tough or mundane or endless is my season of life, I have before me the opportunity to sigh with relief, take His hand, and bury my nose in His posy of promises.

I keep My word. What I say, I will do. Ezekiel 12:28

You are free from any charge against you. Romans 8:31-34

The good work that I have begun in you will be perfected. Phillippians 1:6

You are complete in Me. Colossians 2:10

You can do all things through Me; I will strengthen you. Phillippians 4:13.

Together we are conquerors. Romans 8:37

Hope in Me and you will not be disappointed. Isaiah 49:23

He has promised this for me, and for you. Would you like one of my posies? How ‘bout a handful…?

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