Sunday, November 25, 2007

Unexpressed Gratitude Equals Unopened Gift

What a great country we live in, this great United States of America, that we have the freedom to practice our religion.

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Sunday is a day of rest from our weekly schedule of work. Today is a day that we reserve for worshipping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

My thoughts for today are to give you inspiring words from both The Holy Bible and from The Book of Mormon as inspiration for this, the conclusion to the week of the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday celebration.

Short Summary: Gratitude, unless outwardly expressed, is like an unopened gift (possibly one that's been hidden away and not even given).

The Holy Bible
CHAPTER 5, Verse 18

"18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

The Book of Mormon
CHAPTER 9, Verse 52

"52 Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice"

More spiritual thoughts on gratitude of note come from so many priceless resources. However, here are some quotations that embrace the importance of gratitude.

"If children pray for their parents, it makes them more appreciative of their parents, and as they pray for one another, they feel closer to one another and part of each other, especially as they realize that they are talking to their Father in heaven while on their knees."
-N. Eldon Tanner

"Gratitude is an ennobling quality in man; and he in whose soul it has no place is [defective]....Gratitude is twin sister to humility; pride is a foe to both. The man who has come into close communion with God cannot fail to be thankful; for he feels, he knows, that for all he has and all he is, he is indebted to the Supreme Giver; and one would think that there is no need of commandment in the matter of thanksgiving."
-James E. Talmage

I know that when we give we receive and that to keep that circle of energy constant we must outwardly give gratitude to those who have given.

I also believe that I must thank my Heavenly Father throughout the day, in prayer, for everything I have, for everything I am. Without him, I would not be here on Earth to learn and to meet others along this same journey.

May we take this attitude of gratitude with us throughout the year and use it daily (many times throughout the day) in affirmations, in prayer, openly to those who give, and in our general attitude.

Have a great day!

1 comment:

stanaxe said...

This is wierd, one of my blogs was on children last week(justan)
The other on gratitude stanaxecom.
May you be blessed.
Came over from digg.