If gratitude determines spiritual altitude then maybe we should take a closer look at the subject?
Gratitude is often misunderstood.
Many believe we “SHOULD” be grateful because God told us we should. I submit that the very sense of compulsion ruins the effort.
Others believe that God WANTS us to be grateful. But this again misses the point. Trying to be grateful is not truly useful.
Being in a state of gratitude is not something we do FOR God. Being in a state of gratitude is something God makes possible.
The benefit of Gratitude begins as our own. The sense of fullness and abundance that flows from this state will overflow from us to others.
This grace state could be understood in today’s language as channeling a kingdom moment – not only for self but for those around us.
“Some say “Practicing the presence of God”. But practicing sounds like trying – and as Yoda said, “there is no try – only do or do not do”.
Some say “Achieving Nirvana”, “Being With God”, or “Walking with God”. These make more sense to me as being closer to the truth. Some say gratitude brings God to this earth. Some say it transports us to the Heavens. Some say it is “Reigning with God”. I like all of these, but I believe there is more to the power of gratitude than all of these efforts to express the result.
In the fullness of spiritual expression, embodying gratitude means being together with God who looked upon all creation and said, “It is Good”. Said yet another way, if God is Being, and if we are created in his image, and we are being with Him, then it follows that “He and we are Being God together”. Let me repeat. “If God is Being and We are Being with God then we are Being God together”.
When we choose to let turn focus away from negativity, ego desires, grudges, and problems that are all around… we can find plenty to be grateful for. But don’t do it FOR God. And don’t ‘try’.
You don’t need to list and let go of bad thoughts, one by one as a pre-requisite. You don’t need to focus on getting rid of wrong attitudes. You don’t have to conquer your shortcomings first. Such a focus nourishes the troubling spirits and makes them even bolder. These battles belong to God and are all won when “He and we are Being God Together”.
Back to the peanuts illustration above, borrowed from Jack Canfield… What if, Today, We Were All Grateful For Everything”? That would change the world!
So, how do we do this? IT’s much simpler than you have been taught. Be still. Know that He is God. Focus on whatsoever is true, whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is lovely, and whatsoever is of good report. These too are all around. Do it for yourself. Hold the moment until you overflow. Then share!