Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I think I'm a grateful person, I even enjoy writing thank you notes. But when my mom highly recommends a book, I know it will be worth the time. After reading Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, I found how much growth I need in the gratitude department.
I always wondered why unthankfulness was included in the list of serious sins in Romans 1. Nancy states that "ingratitude is our first step away from God." A quote from Kennedy " An ungrateful person is only one step away from getting his or her needs met in illegitimate ways."
Nancy doesn't gloss over the hard circumstances in life. Many times giving thanks is a genuine "sacrifice of praise." But when the alternative to thankfulness is pride, self-centeredness, and bitterness - gratitude is the only available choice for a Christian.
I highly recommend this book, wherever you fall in the gratitude scale. I benefited by doing the 30-day challenge in the end of the book. So often I read a book, agree with it heartily, desire to change but forget what I've read two days later. Spending a few extra weeks absorbing this book was valuable.
A few more quotes from Choosing Gratitude.
"Choosing gratitude rescues me from myself and my runaway emotions."
" Choosing gratitude is a choice that requires constantly renewing my mind with the truth of God's Word, setting my heart to savor God and His gifts, and disciplining my tongue to speak words that reflect His goodness and grace - until a grateful spirit becomes my reflexive response to all of life."
"Anything that makes me need God is (regardless of how I may feel) a blessings."
"Ingratitude, is not only a bad habit, but a grievous sin against a good God and a poor reflection on His gospel and grace."
Have you read any good books recently?