What Does it Mean to Have a Grateful Heart?

Some of you may be reading this and thinking – “A blog post about gratitude, but it’s not even Thanksgiving…”

I know. You’re right. Yet, the Lord moves in creative ways and is teaching me this timely lesson right this very moment.

Psalms 107:1 – “O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endures for ever.”

I have always liked this verse, because it reminds me of one of my favorite worship songs – “Forever” by Chris Tomlin. Moreover, it reinforces the point that God is good and merciful, regardless of our circumstances.

  • Although the student loans are accruing interest, literally moment by moment – He is my Provider (Luke 12:31).
    • When I am exhausted, beat down, and fatigued – He is my Healer (Matthew 14:14).
      • When I am challenged by the overwhelming needs of the students that I serve – He is my Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6).
        • Even if I’m approaching thirty and still living with my mother-in-love – He is still somehow SO good (1 Samuel 16:17).

If I’m being honest – I’m so bad at being grateful. I take many of my material possessions for granted, struggle with being content in this season of my life, and look with envy on the lives of others.

The Lord is using the flood that has been plaguing Houston this week to point out this sin in my life.

Here’s some statistics about the Houston flooding:

Want a better visual of how much water we’re actually talking about? Check out this video footage of the flooding in Cypress, Texas.

Many of my coworkers and friends have experienced damage to their cars, homes, and property. Some of the items that they have lost in the flood can never be replaced.

Other Houstonians have lost their lives and I’m complaining about my circumstances. Really!?!

Sometimes I am so ashamed at the thoughts that travel through my head. Even still, if we revisit the truth that we started with in Psalm 107:1 we are reminded that His mercy endures FOREVER. God’s grace and love covers a multitude of sin – even my selfishness – and it extends throughout this lifetime. Thank you, Jesus!

Want to help those impacted by the flood?

  • If you’re local, then you can partner with the Langham Creek YMCA or one of the many churches planning flood relief for our community.
  • If you want to help, but you live outside of Houston, then please visit the American Red Cross website to learn how you can support our city.