A candle named Gratitude

by | Jan 23, 2023 | West District Lay Leader(s) Blog, West District Newsletter

gratitude candle

How many of us have looked at store shelves filled with candles with labels describing the scent? There could be Springtime, Winter Berries, Lavender, Lemon, Peace, Joy, and even Watermelon!

After locating and reading through a few books and websites, I found the ‘gratitude theme’ is simply as we find it stated in:

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

And, from The Message:

“Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.”

It’s really difficult to think that we can ‘give thanks in all circumstances’…no matter what happens. Looking at the wording a little closer, we see that gratitude or thanks are ‘in all circumstances’…….not for all circumstances!

“Too much sunshine makes a desert.”

Anonymous Teacher

This teacher was reminded that rain is needed for things to grow…how he/she grows in faith when there are challenging ‘rains’ in their life, and that we should be grateful for the challenges because, through them, we witness God working for us and in us. So…yes, give thanks “in all circumstances” (not for the circumstances).

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them”

John F. Kennedy

Including a constant ‘gratitude attitude’ in how we live each day is not an easy discipline or thoughtfulness to develop…so that it can be automatic…and effortlessly offered. Perhaps we can add one or more of the following to our daily routine:

  1. Use a gratitude journal
  2. Take 5 mins. Each day to step outside or, find a quiet retreat in your home to ‘simply’ offer gratitude for all you see – all that visually surrounds you.
  3. Search your bible for scripture about gratitude.
  4. Intentionally find books or websites on the subject of gratitude.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us”

Albert Schweitzer

A William Shakespeare quote from a book titled “Gratitude,” by Dan Zadra, states: “How far your candle throws its beams!”

So, my prayer as we enter 2023 is that we can all try to be that candle…that candle that ‘throws beams of gratitude’ more often – to God, our family, friends, and team members.

Books referenced:

  • “Gratitude” by Dan Zadra
  • “Wake up Grateful” by Kristi Nelson

Website referenced with various quotes GratitudeHabitat.com

  • “There is no one as strong as a person whose heart is always filled with gratitude” by Daisaku Ikeda
  • “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer” by Maya Angelou
  • “No gesture is too small when done with gratitude” by Oprah Winfrey
  • “The struggle ends when the gratitude begins” by Neale Donald Walsch

Jeannie Ward, West District Lay Leader

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