Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Grateful Heart...

I was looking today for a Thanksgiving message, and I found this one. Sometimes, even when we have so much, we tend to focus on the things that we lack. We have been blessed with so much in this life, especially with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for all of the things that I have been blessed with. I hope I can remember, not only at Thanksgiving, but each and every day, to have a grateful heart.

A Grateful Heart
President Gordon B. Hinckley has taught: “Gratitude is of the very essence of worship. … When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives”.
Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.
Miracles Born of Gratitude
For three days, more than 4,000 people had stayed in the wilderness with the Savior without eating, and Jesus did not want to send them away hungry. But even His disciples questioned, “Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?” (Matt. 15:33). Like many of us, the disciples saw only what was lacking. Nevertheless, Jesus gave thanks for what they did have (see Matt. 15:36), and a miracle followed: “They did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full” (Matt. 15:37).
We all face times when our focus is on what we lack. Maybe our time, means, patience, or even feelings of love do not measure up to our expectations. At such times, we would find it helpful to adopt President Brigham Young’s attitude and view our difficulties with a grateful heart: “There is not a single condition of life or one hour’s experience but what is beneficial to all those who make it their study, and aim to improve upon the experience they gain”.
Miracles can happen in our lives as we look to God with a grateful heart. Understanding comes, and strength to endure increases. Great are the promises to those who receive “all things with thankfulness” (D&C 78:19).

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