Brent Top said, "Gratitude saves us from ourselves. It's hard to say, 'Woe is me' at the same time you are saying 'How thankful I am'."
After all these questions and thoughts on gratitude, I think that I have come to the opinion that our most heartfelt and continued gratitude is a result of our trials and losses in our lives.
However, I have met those who are genuinely and humbly grateful, and have not passed through all of life's tragedies and trials, but they nurture a heart of sincere gratitude. I believe that if we humble our heart and submit ourselves to the Lord, gratitude will emerge. Yes, "where there is gratitude there is humility," and I believe that where there is humility, there you can find gratitude.
Thanksgiving is a reminder to be a grateful people. There will be those who will approach it with deeper gratitude as they are in the middle of painful and concerning trials. For those whose circumstances are quite comfortable right now, their humility will be a key to feeling sincere and life changing gratitude.
Either way, hopefully we find ourselves somewhere in the Humility Cycle, continually grateful and forever humble.
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