A Thankful Heart

“The very quality of your life, whether you love it or hate it, is based upon how thankful you are toward God. It is one’s attitude that determines whether life unfolds into a place of blessedness or wretchedness. Indeed, looking at the same rose bush, some people complain that the roses have thorns while others rejoice that some thorns come with roses. It all depends on your perspective.

sheep400This is the only life you will have before you enter eternity. If you want to find joy, you must first find thankfulness. Indeed, the one who is thankful for even a little enjoys much. But the unappreciative soul is always miserable, always complaining. He lives outside the shelter of the Most High God.

Truly, there are people in this wounded country of ours who need special attention. However, most of us simply need to repent of ingratitude, for it is ingratitude itself that is keeping wounds alive! We simply need to forgive the wrongs of the past and become thankful for what we have in the present.

The moment we become grateful, we actually begin to ascend spiritually into the presence of God. The psalmist wrote,

“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. . . . Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations” (Psalm 100:2, 4-5).

It does not matter what your circumstances are; the instant you begin to thank God, even though your situation has not changed, you begin to change. The key that unlocks the gates of heaven is a thankful heart. Entrance into the courts of God comes as you simply begin to praise the Lord.”

― Francis Frangipane, The Shelter of the Most High: Living Your Life Under Divine Protection of God

2 Responses to “A Thankful Heart”

  1. Stephen says:

    “The very quality of your life, whether you love it or hate it, is based upon how thankful you are toward God.’

    Is she on drugs? So many people are good people and thankful yet are suffering all types of sickness and disease and heartbreaks. Most of the world is suffering and we are trying, with some exceptions, to do the best we can this day, so we can make it to the next day. I think the author needs to rethink her quote and I think you should think twice before posting things like this. Most people will never say it, but posts like this don’t help people become more grateful or inspire people to do better because deep down people know it’s not true. You can be grateful and still suffer and there are absolutely times when you should not be grateful and that’s ok. God’s ok with that.

  2. Hipólito Lagares says:

    Thank you for such great reflection!!!

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