Often, when we take stock of what we presently have, we see the spaces for what we need and what we want. In a culture that prioritizes acquisitions, it is difficult to be satisfied with enough. Truthfully, most of us have more than enough.
This expected and pressured acquisition thwarts our ability to be grateful for what we have. The push to acquire more and more not only challenges our ability to save for the future but also impacts our ability to help our neighbor.
A sense of gratitude helps me to be aware of the abundance in my life. If I work on being thankful for what I have and seeing it as more than enough, I am more likely to resist the siren song of commercialism. Thus, I will have more assets of all kinds for my future and to help those around me. An attitude of gratitude helps us prepare for the time ahead.
This message is an excerpt from “A future shaped by gratitude” by Julia Seymour in the November 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today is President’s Day. Do you have a synodical women’s organization president you would like to thank for her service?