Unthankful Heart

“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” ~ Henry Ward Beecher …

Henry is right on here–gratitude is perhaps the strongest magnet available to us for finding heavenly blessings in our lives. Our lives are filled with abundant graces and mercies, but if we are not keeping an awareness of our blessings, much less making the effort to attract them to ourselves, we will discover but a very few of them.

This is the law of attraction: what we give out, we attract more of. When we give of our love and compassion, we attract more love and compassion back into our lives. And when we give of our talents and our time, others give back to us of their talents and time. Likewise, when we embody gratitude in our lives, we attract more blessings our way–blessings that increase our thankfulness.

Life tends to mirror what we give to it–being a good person attracts good people and things into our lives. But we must embrace a sincere appreciation for the blessings we have, sort of like opening the windows of our house so that the fresh air and sunshine can come in. If we can do this, we will find more of the things we value deeply–more heavenly blessings–that we ever imagined possible.

Discover a sincere appreciation for the blessings in your life.

Questions to consider:

Why might we take things for granted?

How can gratitude and appreciation be like a magnet in your life?

What are some of the things you attract to your life through your attitudes and perspectives?

For further thought:

“How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child’s personality. A child is resentful, negative–or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.” ~ John Templeton


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