Grateful People

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“…grateful people are humble, while ungrateful people are proud. Gratitude is a revealer of the heart, not just a reporter of facts, events, and details. And among the things revealed most clearly in those who express gratitude as a way of life is a heart of humility.”

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A grateful heart is a full heart, whereas an unthankful heart is an empty one. The difference between being full and empty is not usually the difference between rich or poor, at home or away, cupboards bursting or thinly lined with soup cans and Ramen noodles. The difference, almost always, is gratitude.”

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“…grateful people are characterized by thankful words, while ungrateful people are given to murmuring and complaining. Some grumble at why God puts thorns on roses. Others notice, with awe and wonder, that God has put roses among thorns.”

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Thankful people are refreshing, life-giving springs, while unthankful people are life-takers and joy-robbers. Not that there aren’t appropriate times and settings to share our troubles with a caring friend. Not that “I’m fine” should always be the automatic, canned answer whenever people speak to us. But ingratitude is toxic. It poisons the atmosphere in our homes and workplaces. It contaminates hearts and relationships.”

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh. The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings (Kindle Locations 5160-5220). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

*photos taken in beautiful Pennsylvania

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