Practicing gratitude is important, because it challenges us to see the good that we have in our life. "Gratitude is the humble attitude of thankfulness and appreciation," explained Dan Jordan, Pastor at Newton Village. "Even during a pandemic, illness, isolation, life changes, and disasters, there is good at work in us and around us. Gratitude combats negative perspectives that can frequently affect our thinking."
Gratitude is a choice, according to Pastor Dan. "A personal benefit of gratitude is being at peace with one's circumstances, with oneself, and with God," he added. "While some of the residents in our care center might prefer to live in their own homes, the healthiest residents are grateful by realizing that living at Newton Village is better and safer for them."
While growing up, Pastor Dan's mother made him call or write a thank-you note to relatives for birthday and Christmas gifts. "She taught me that expressing gratitude is necessary, and it became part of my DNA," he explained. "Although we usually think of gratitude as remembering to be thankful for the good, the Bible says that God's will is for us to be thankful in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:18). This means to also be thankful for the difficulties, inconveniences, and losses that occur in life."
Pastor Dan offers several ways that people can include gratitude in their lives. "Always thank people for their help, and say it right away," he said. "When people ask me how I am, I genuinely reply with 'grateful' or 'thankful', which usually triggers them asking me what I'm thankful for. We should pray about gratitude, as God only gives us good. And we can write it, via texts, emails, ecards, and notecards to generate goodwill and appreciation. I use three phrases: thank you for, I'm grateful that, and ...is appreciated." For more information about expressing and feeling gratitude, please contact:
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