Ingratitude

“And yet how often do we neglect to return thanks for a kindness done, a duty performed, or a step saved-while being oblivious to our ingratitude? Gradually, subtly, we become desensitized, as layers of entitlement and resentment wrap themselves around our hearts, until thankfulness is all but gone from our lives and lips.”  ~pg. 50

“Unrealistic expectations. We can start to expect a lot–from life, from work, from others in general–until no matter what we’re receiving in terms of blessing, it’s never as much as we were hoping for.” ~pg. 53

“When we take simple blessings for granted as if they were owed to us, or conversely, when we start to think that our house, our car, our wardrobe, or our general station in life is beneath what we deserve, ingratitude finds all the oxygen it needs to thrive.” ~pg. 55

“Any time our focus is on ourselves–even if it’s on the good things we’re doing–it keeps us from being grateful for what others are contributing. We lose our appreciation for our spouse, children, friends, and coworkers when we constantly view them through our own shadow.” ~pg. 56

“…so powerful is the influence exerted by ingratitude, that when we displace it with gratitude, we will likely find a multitude of other sins dislodged from our lives. Notice how Paul instructed the Ephesians: “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5:4).” ~pg. 56-57

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2009-08-04). Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.ChoosingGratitude

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One thought on “Ingratitude

  1. d

    Amen!! With our Focus on Christ and our Attitude of the SACRIFICE of praise and thanksgiving we will see how very blessed we are no matter our circumstances. Thank you for this reminder.

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