Gratitude is an Attitude

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : Psalm 103:1-14

Do you often ask “Why?” as you see the evil around you? Do you ever ask instead, “Why is life so good and God’s blessings so abun- dant?” You have a choice to dwell on one or the other. Gratitude is an attitude. Perhaps Christians don’t have a choice. With such a great, giving God, we can only be filled with gratitude. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (v. 2).

In my prayer notebook I have an ongoing “Happiness List.” Each day I think of something that has been a gift of happiness to me in the last twenty-four hours. It has made a difference in my life and I think it can in yours too. Try this. For these thirty days write down one thing that has brought happiness to you that day. Some days it may be something very profound, often it may be something pretty ordinary and occasionally it may be humorous. As I sat on my back porch one spring morning to begin these devotionals, I wrote in my notebook, “Thank You, Lord, for the trees in my back yard, a concert stage for bird songs.”

Perhaps you have no “trees” in your back yard. Perhaps the birds aren’t singing this morning. Perhaps life doesn’t seem so great right now. Re-read Psalm 103 and keep searching.


Dear Lord, help me, as the hymnist wrote, to “count my blessings” to “name them one by one” and every day to “see what God hath done.” In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.