With only one day left in November- the month of giving thanks- I have to write one more post about the parent virtue: gratitude.
I have felt something different this month as I’ve pondered gratitude and given more attention to the way I see the hand of God in my life every day. He is in the details.
Gratitude guards all virtues we possess and I’ve made a more firm resolve to keep gratitude in my heart year-round. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. When we are grateful, we will have more and be more, because we will see all the good that God has done.
“Gratitude to our Father in Heaven broadens our perception and clears our vision. It inspires humility and fosters empathy toward our fellowmen and all of God’s creation.
Gratitude is a catalyst to all Christlike attributes! A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.
Being grateful in our circumstances is an act of faith in God. It requires that we trust God and hope for things we may not see but which are true. By being grateful, we follow the example of our beloved Savior, who said, ‘Not my will, but thine, be done.'”
-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
As we close out the month, I want to remind us all of a story from the bible about the ten lepers.
They were desperate for help. They wanted so badly to be healed. Christ healed them. They were cleansed. And I imagine they were totally and completely amazed!! I’m certain their hearts were filled with gratitude- similar to what you and I have felt this month as we’ve seen God’s hand in our lives- and excitement and joy and shock and enthusiasm and awe! But- only one… one… returned to thank Christ.
(This most beautiful depiction of the “Ten Lepers” by James C. Christensen encapsulates perfectly what I envision this story as- the 9 were not ungrateful. They felt it! They were ecstatic! They were truly amazed at the miracle that had just taken place. But they were simply too caught up in telling everyone else, and maybe just simply forgot- to thank their healer.)
As we close out the month, and recognize all the good that our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, have done for us, let us not forget to whom we owe our most heartfelt “thanks” and gratitude.
It isn’t a post on social media. It isn’t our best friend down the street. It isn’t even a phone call to our loved ones. It simply isn’t enough to tell the whole world just how truly thankful we are.
We must pray to our Father in Heaven, and thank Him, for our blessings.
I challenge you to kneel down sometime tonight or tomorrow, and offer a sincere prayer of gratitude to your Father in Heaven.
I know as we do this, it will “broaden our perception and clear our vision” to see the light in the coming month- for it is, I believe, the most beautiful month of the year, and I don’t want anything to cloud the light.