Gratefulness creates Relational Traction

In the previous post, Love is Risky, speaker Hedy Schleifer begins her talk with gratefulness. She is grateful to be alive. This is her opener, a foundation for her sharing that day. It seems appropriate to talk of gratefulness, as it is almost Thanksgiving. Yesterday in church I heard three people express gratefulness to God for His presence in their lives. One received healing and connection with a community larger than he could have ever imagined. One was thankful that she listened to God’s whisper in guiding her in His way, not her own, and one spoke of thankfulness for protection, provision and faith to face life’s circumstances.

I’ve found that hearts that exude gratefulness are attractional. I’m drawn to people who are genuinely thankful. It seems to me that an attitude of gratefulness opens the door for relational traction. It has always amazed me how the Pilgrims maintained hearts of Thanksgiving during extreme hardship. Did you know that…

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.  ~H.U. Westermayer    In these difficult economic times it is helpful to look back at this fact and recall the people in our lives who are precious to us…then give thanks. I suggest giving thanks to the Creator, for everyone is created in His image.

This is what G.K. Chesterton had to say about thankfulness: I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. 

What are your thoughts attitudes of gratefulness? I will talk about more traction points from Ms. Schleifer’s talk next time. 

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