“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.
James E. Faust
Each night before bed, I take some time to think about my day. I meticulously look for each blessing and acknowledge its impact on my life. Following this routine helps me to remain humble and appreciative of all the good things in my life.
When I am at work, I avoid overlooking the input of each team member. As small as someone's contribution is to a project, it plays a part in its overall success.
My focus each morning is to say thanks to each person for their hard work. Doing this allows them to feel important. It also allows me to remember that there are very few things I successfully accomplish on my own.
When I see my kids laughing, I stop and offer thanks for that blessing. I think of all the kids whose situations prevent them from being happy.
Being able to provide for my family makes me proud. I realize that it is far from the norm for many families. I am encouraged by this thought to share some of my financial blessings with less fortunate children.
I avoid walking around with a sense of entitlement. I know that each blessing can easily be taken away.
Today, I am committed to feeling gratitude for each blessing I receive, regardless of how small it is. Life is more fulfilling when I live in thankfulness.
1. In what ways can I turn an unfortunate situation into a blessing?
2. What other realities in my life drive me to maintain humility?
3. How can I serve as a model of encouragement to others around me?