Choosing Gratitude

Gratitude has a big job to do in us and our hearts. It is one of the chief ways that God infuses joy and resilience into the daily struggle of life. - Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Have you considered the antidote to the 8th Commandment—“You shall not steal”?

In 1967, Joni Eareackson Tada dove into Chesapeake Bay after misjudging the shallowness of the water and broke her back.  She became a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the shoulders down.  According to her autobiography, she experienced anger, depression, suicidal thoughts, and religious doubts during the next two years.  After learning to paint and write using her teeth, she has authored more than 40 books, including the foreword to Nancy Demoss’ Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy.

Tada notes that sadly, a lack of gratitude—and often ingratitude—resides in our hearts.  She explains that most of us are able to thank God for His grace, comfort, and sustaining power in a trial, but we don’t thank Him for the problem, just finding Him in it.  In Choosing Gratitude, Tada says, “You’ll discover that your affliction—that is, your ‘wheelchair,’ whatever it is—falls well within the overarching decrees of God.”

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Think and Grow Rich

In August 2014, I first heard about Napoleon Hill’s Think & Grow Rich at the John Maxwell Team Certification Program.  Paul Martinelli, who partnered with Scott Fay in 2011 to co-found the John Maxwell Team, mentioned that this was a life-changing book for him.  Then, I met a young entrepreneur at the HR Summit in Dubai last November, who said the same thing.  I resolved to check it out…

Since this month’s focus is on the 8th Commandment—“Thou Shalt Not Steal”—I thought again of this book.  It turns out Hill wrote this book in 1937—in the midst of the Great Depression, which lasted from 1929 until 1939.  During this time, the country faced 25 percent unemployment (as depicted at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., pictured above). Unfortunately, some Americans resorted to petty theft as a means of getting items they needed or could not afford because of their economic status. Many of the people that resorted to petty theft did so as a way of putting food on the table for their families.

Hill encouraged a different mindset.

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