Character Quality: Gratitude

Character Quality: Gratitude with free coloring page.

Character Quality: Gratitude

Leprosy.  In his book The Gift of Pain, Paul Brand writes about this long misunderstood disease. For many years, people considered leprosy the plague, even God’s judgment and wrath. Those infected with the dreaded virus were ostracized and became social outcasts. They were shunned and their families endured the shame. Since the cause was not known, victims were often treated as dead long before they were buried. Marred by the disease and rejected by society, their existence was miserable.

Jesus knew this. His heart must have broken to see people suffer, to see them rejected and neglected. Jesus came to reconcile us to the Father through His sacrifice on the cross. His focus was clear—to bring us back into fellowship by paying the price for our sins. We were made for relationship. Jesus must have been touched to see ten lepers. This was an opportunity to restore them to their families and friends. With His words, Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priests. By His power, they were healed.

Sadly only one turned back to thank Jesus. Only one paused to glorify God. Only one took the time to acknowledge the miracle. Only one humbly bowed before the Great Physician to praise and bless His name. Ten were healed, only one said “Thanks.”

There are many blessings in our lives that we take for granted—common graces such as a sunrise, a new day, a walk outside, laughter, the laws of physics, and order in the universe. We are blessed with warm beds, shoes, full pantries, heat, air-conditioning, electricity, and readily available and reliable transportation.

First, we need to acknowledge that everything is from God. Having gratitude is a lifestyle and a choice that we make to live in constant recognition of God’s glory, grace, and goodness on our lives.

Living lives of thankfulness and practicing gratitude changes our personal lives and our families for the better, but it can also change the world. Why? Because it is a mind-set—an attitude. When we choose to be thankful and ever mindful of all that God has blessed us with, it changes our perspective, which in turn changes our priorities, our conversations, and our actions.

God’s word says that “All good things come from above.” Our heavenly Father is the giver of all good things. He grants us each day—filled with the wonder and the beauty of His creation, which points to His glory.

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Character Quality: Gratitude with free coloring page.


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Rachael Carman
I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

I’m so glad you’re here.
Posted on: November 15, 2013, by : Rachael Carman

2 thoughts on “Character Quality: Gratitude

  1. “Having gratitude is a lifestyle and a choice that we make to live in constant recognition of God’s glory, grace, and goodness on our lives.”

    Wow!! This right here! This statement is enough to convict my heart–gratitude is a choice.

  2. Thank you so much for these neat printables! I homeschool my 6 and 4 year old and I printed this out for them to color and wrote a Bible verse on it and we are looking at it each day and memorizing the scripture! They loved coloring them. Thank you for offering these and blessing our homeschooling.

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