NORMALISING GRATITUDE

When I think about the harmony of nature, the beauty in human relationships, the vast expanse in culture and varying personality types, there is no one else to attribute the wonder that describes this world and everything in it but to it’s Creator. Though in a wet and windy city like London, it can sometimes be hard to find things to be grateful for in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 the Bible encourages us to be joyful always.

Throughout Scripture, we are admonished to usher into our lives a spirit of thankfulness and praise as this is the Lord’s will for our lives. It’s the little things within our everyday which evoke us to praise God. We get a snippet of God’s creative mind when He adorned the Earth in all its detail and glory. Have you ever wondered how He holds this all together? The endless politics, the powerful authorities and the governing positions? Even down to local businesses, the schools, households and friendships? In the English Standard Version of Hebrews 1:3 says Jesus, “Upholds the universe by the word of His power”. It amazes me even as I sit and watch the cars go by and the cyclists peddle away, that everything is perfectly timed and intimately wired by our Father.

 

It's the little things within our everyday which evoke us to praise God

Over time, I have gathered that beauty can reside in the mundane. In the day to day chores or routines, it honours our Creator to give Him a simple offering of thanks. When we modestly meet Him in the quiet and ‘normal’ activities of life, He smiles and acknowledges that you are putting Him first in that moment. A whisper to God is all He needs to show you are appreciating Him exactly where you are. The well-known Psalm 23 in the first verse comfortingly says, “The Lord is my Shepherd”. We can be grateful today that God is not only the leader of our great life decisions, our long-term health or our job careers, but is also a shepherd of our hearts, our thoughts and our will.

Indulging in my hot chocolate and absorbing the normalities of these busy streets I am reminded that gratitude builds a well of contentment and assurance in our hearts. We can have deep gratitude in the fact that He is unchangeable and so true to Himself. “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable” (Isaiah‬ 40:28 NIV). I am encouraged to give thanks in the great and in the small.