How Being Grateful Multiplies Gratefulness

By Akosua Frempong, PhD.

by Danielle Dolin

Recently, I was thinking about how important it is to be thankful. Thinking about how essential thanksgiving is caused me to begin thanking God for all He has done. When I started thanking God, it initially seemed like there was only one thing to be grateful for. But then something incredible started to happen. I began to recall all the numerous things God has done that I was thankful for.

This experience showed me how being grateful multiplies gratefulness. It demonstrated to me how gratitude can make an individual more positive. It brought more joy and anticipation- anticipation that God would do more good things for me.

So, this is my sincere advice: The next time we think about complaining or being grumpy about our lives not being how we hope for them to be, let’s remember that it pays to be grateful. Being grateful has a way of changing our outlook for the better.

Things to Be Grateful For

A friend and colleague once wrote about priorities in life. She said it should be faith first, health next, and relationships. I agree. Considering that idea, these are beautiful things to be grateful for.

Relationship with God We must be thankful to have a relationship with God. We must be incredibly grateful when this relationship is vibrant. If it’s not yet that strong, we must be thankful for where we are and continue to work toward where we want it to be.

Having a relationship with God is essential. It can hold us through life’s most challenging and dark times. As the Bible encourages, the more difficult times get, the harder you must pray and not quit (Romans 12:11-13). Without God, we can find facing some of life’s challenges even more challenging. “…In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NIV).

Health- We should be thankful to God for our health. Whether it’s good or bad, we should be grateful we’re alive and still have hope: That we’re alive to declare God’s glory. Regardless of where our health is, we must be thankful. Thankfulness could be a key to unlocking the good health we desire.

Family and Friends- Family and friends can make life better. “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17, NIV). During challenging times, friends can help you. They can pray for you. They can encourage you through godly advice. They can help you navigate the challenges of the season. Family is also always there. Their presence alone can make all the difference! They may not have to say anything, but you know their heart is for you, and for that reason, you’re content.

During this Thanksgiving, there are so many things to be thankful for. I encourage us to be particularly intentional and grateful for these three beautiful gifts God has granted us, as they are blessings, indeed.

Akosua Frempong, Ph.D., is a freelance journalist with the Evangelical Press Association. She has worked in journalism on three continents. As part of her journalism experience, she has worked as a broadcast journalist, anchor, and producer. Dr. Frempong is an adjunct journalism professor at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Moreover, she is the founder of Listening Ear Communications, a company that provides excellent, professional journalism to various news media organizations and publications.

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