Master Key Experience – Week 14
Gratitude & Thankfulness
The definition of the word “gratitude” – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness; appreciative of benefits received. Synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, indebtedness; recognition, acknowledgment, credit. Gratitude begets thankfulness.
We can express gratitude in times of plenty and in times of loss, therefore we can be thankful for trials as well as blessings. We learn from both. Trials are often blessings, though we might not recognize them as such until the trial has passed.
In my world, God is the giver of all things, whether we think of them as bad or good. Although He may use specific individuals and entities to deliver items and experiences directly, He nevertheless, is the source.
Be thankful for the things that you receive. Having a sense of gratitude allows me to be thankful, which in turn makes me experience joy. It makes me smile, and gives me the “warm fuzzies!”
Sowing and Reaping
My gratitude comes from the action of others. Someone gave me something, or did something for me to be able to feel this joy. In turn, I need to let the giver know that I appreciated it. Why? Because I like that feeling of joy and happiness, I want to feel it more often!
I want others to experience this wonderful feeling as well, so I want to return kindnesses given to me, and to give credit where and when it is due, without hesitation. Give more, get more. This is why gratitude begets thankfulness.