Gratitude, shmatitude, double batitude, I hate gratitude

Last Wednesday the owner of Plate 21 asked me how many people were coming to my fundraiser and I wasn’t quite sure what to say to her. I told her that around 30 people told me they were coming, but I honestly had no idea how many would come beyond that. I was a little nervous about how many people were going to show up. I was a little nervous until I just felt a peace about the whole thing wash over my body. I knew God had it and no matter how many people showed up it would be a success. Little did I know how much of a success He was going to make it.

I’m not going to go into every detail about the fundraiser and why I viewed it as a success, but the success of the fundraiser did inspire me to dedicate the month of April’s blog posts to one topic, gratitude. If you are like me, you view gratitude similar to the way Randy from the Christmas story viewed meatloaf. My all-time favorite line from that movie is “meatloaf, shmeatloaf, double beatloaf, I hate meatloaf.” I can’t personally understand his hatred of meatloaf because my mom’s meatloaf is literally the best meatloaf I have ever tasted. It’s just plain delicious! That aside though, I have been known to view gratitude this way. I mean, how can I be grateful when I’m sick, or when a family member dies, or even when I want to be in Germany and yet I’m not. How could I have gratitude during these times? I am more likely to hate the idea of being grateful, so I want to take this month, no matter what happens, and view everything with gratitude and look to the Bible to see just how I have been directed to do so.

Today is purely an attitude of thanks like the Psalmist says in chapters 106, 107 and 136:

Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 106:1)

It is easy to praise God for the good times and that is what today is, a good time. It is easy for me to praise God for the large number of people who came to my fundraiser to show their support of God’s mission for me. It is easy for me to praise Him for the new recipients of my newsletter. It is easy to praise Him for the donations that were made at the event. Just because it is easy doesn’t mean I always do it, or that since it is easy it isn’t necessary. It is necessary and I will say:

Praise the Lord! For He is good and His love endures forever! Amen!

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