WS Update: Gratitude

November 21, 2022

In his Notes from the Underground, Dostoevsky wrote of humanity, “If he is not stupid, he is monstrously ungrateful … in fact, I believe that the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped.” This harsh definition underscores our capacity to forget our dependence on God and one another, and of the importance of gratitude. NT Wright puts it this way:

There is an old spiritual discipline of listing one’s blessings, naming them before God, and giving thanks. It’s a healthy thing to do, especially in a world where we too often assume we have an absolute right to health, happiness and every possible creature comfort.

Gratitude, as Wright points out, is an antidote to spiritual entitlement which can lead to anxiety, bitterness, and indifference towards God. So wherever you might find yourself this coming Thursday, take some time to put this discipline into practice by reading Psalm 100 and specifically thanking God for his goodness to you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Psalm 100
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2  Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving 
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

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