If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. Meister Eckhart
Meditation: The opposite of gratitude expresses itself in a habit of complaining. Sometimes this happens when people grow up with opposite experiences: either with being neglected or with being spoiled. Both experiences can easily create the illusion that “life or God owes one something.” When we are around people who are complaining all the time, we begin to feel negative and exhausted. This gives us a clue as to how they must feel on the inside. It is then helpful to remember that usually these people got injured either by “too little” or by “too much” in their life. Both -a lack of provision or an overwhelming supply – can create a wounded attitude of entitlement, which then often leads to complaining behavior. Gratitude is the opposite. It is the healing experience of trusting that there will be enough and of being in relationship with a providing God who wants to “give us enough” while also “protect us from too much”. When we receive life as a gift and focus most of all on the positive things we receive and experience every day, gratitude grows while complaining will cease.
Prayer: Provider God, heal us from our times of “too little” and free us from our entitled expectations of “too much”. Fill us with Your Spirit of gratitude. Help us to receive all the small and great things in life as gifts from You. Heal us, so we learn to trust in You to provide for us. Thank You for the transforming gift of gratitude. Amen
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I was helped; therefore my heart rejoices, and with my song I will thank Him. Psalm 28:7