Thankfulness
Last week, I was with one of my clients (non-photography related) when we started talking about the collection of information. I work in an industry where collecting data from the field is critical to projecting accurate numbers in the office. One of the guys described what that process looks like…and I think it applies to thankfulness. 

Imagine you’re standing at the top of a hill. You have a basket that you plan to transport/push/roll downhill to others. If there’s one thing we know about gravity, whatever you have at the top of the hill is definitely going to roll downhill. So…if you decide to send down a load of poop (he used a different word), you can expect that that load of poop will travel right back to you down the road. However, if you send down good data…or better yet, generosity/thankfulness/love/respect/kindness, etc…you can also expect to receive that back in return.
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Some people believe that having a positive attitude in life affects the way “life” treats you. I guess the concept is fairly similar…but as Christians, we should be looking for ways to live out the Christian life in a way that our gratitude overflows to others. Here’s another way to look at it: 
  1. FOR US – what God has done for us. 
  2. IN US –  what God has done in us. 
  3. THROUGH US – what God has done through us.
Most of us spend our lives on the last two…worrying and praying about what God is doing in us and through us. As a result, we tend to forget our motivation…and we’ve forgotten what God has done FOR US. Unfortunately, “in us” and “through us” is completely subjective so it becomes a bit of a roller coaster when we try to keep track of what God is doing in our lives.

What God has done FOR US never changes though. In fact, throughout the bible, there are examples of what God has done for us (during our lesson this past weekend…our minister walked through countless examples of a pattern seen throughout the bible – the first half of most books consisting of “what God has done for you” followed by the second half of the book telling you what God wants from you now). Why then do we keep getting it backwards?
2 Corinthians 9: 10-15 “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift”
With that said, God will provide for all of us so that we can provide for others generously, but we have to remember all the great things he’s done for us in the past (in many cases, long before we were ever born…his son, Jesus….dying on the cross anyone?). If we were to live that way…just imagine how that would change our marriages….our parenting….our work relationships…the cities we live in….or the world? It could be pretty great. Otherwise…we’re just pushing poop down a hill.

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24 COMMENTS

    Beautiful Ashley. Thank you.

    Living a life of gratitude def. changes your attitude. I must say I have been struggling to look at all God has done for me vs. what I want Him to do. I guess you can say I am in a rut.

    Thank you for this post. It was a wonderful reminder of all that God has done in my life despite my current struggles.

    Beautifully written and such a lovely photo to go along with it.

    this is so good!!

    We were studying something similar on Sunday in the Psalms. In that, the more you give thanks to the Lord, the more He shows up in your life.
    Psalm 16: Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices…You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

    Which is what we all want, right? :) Thanks for this beautiful take on giving Thanks.

    I love this. Everything hinges on what God has done for us. Because of this, I can trust that He will work in me and through me. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you. Always good to be reminded of God’s amazing grace.

    I love this, it’s a wonderful reminder. Beautiful photo too.

    Very nice shot! And a very graphic example too…

    Best Regards!

    Awesome message and photo to go with it!

    Amen to that!

    Great word picture. and needed for me at this time. Thanks!!

    Such a great reminder, no matter what your faith is, thank you!

    This message gave me chills, thank you for such a beautiful message!

    well said!!! so Thankful that you wrote it all down!!!

    Beautiful photo (as always, Ashley)! And wonderful message! I also wanted to let you know that I picked you to receive a blog award. You can check it out here: http://mommyknowslife.blogspot.com/2011/11/versatile-blogger-award-goes-to-me.html.

    Blessings,
    Breena
    mommyknowslife.blogspot.com

    AMEN! and AMEN!!! Big smiles :-D

    Hugs and love,
    Jill

    Well I have read through this post three times…My response may not work for some but this is how I see it…

    What God has done for us (me) saved my life at least three times.

    What God has done in us he has changed who we are for the good and he has changed me to realize I too can change…

    What God has done through us, he has given life to others who have lost life.

    That is what I get from this. Sorry if it is offends others, I am sorry…

    This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift”

    Loved this one Ash!!

    It does really change your attitude if you start thoughtfully thinking about gratitude. Wonderful verse and photo. Thank you for posting.

    Very well said. It does change your whole perspective.

    I always appreciate your teaching, Ashley.

    What a beautiful picture… and words :)

    Love this post! I an always so encouraged by your faith posts!

    So true! I need to remember no. a little more often. He has truly done so much for us. Great food for thought!


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