I had a truck that I really liked. Over the years it picked up some really cool wheels and tires, an aftermarket exhaust and a couple other personal touches. I REALLY liked that truck!
And so, I can’t really explain how I became dissatisfied with it. But that’s what happened. Maybe I saw another truck that I liked better, but before you know it I found myself cruising past truck dealerships and looking at Facebook marketplace, “just to see what’s out there.“ And yup, I ended up buying a different truck.
I remember my wife saying, “I thought you loved that truck?“ And I did. But honestly, I had just started taking it for granted. And when that happens you stop being grateful. Stop being grateful, and discontentment can often follow.
“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” — Alice Walker
I think you can begin to take many of God’s blessings, big or small, for granted, and then begin to cease being grateful. God’s grace, our health, jobs, marriages… or dependable vehicles!
I love what Billy Graham said about the importance of gratitude; “Nothing turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly than an ungrateful heart. And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness.”
Remember, gratitude is the key! Let’s really think about how to activate a more grateful heart today.