It’s that time of year when I stop and look back on the blessings of the past year.** I read something this week about how being grateful requires an acknowledgment that by ourselves we have nothing; that we are poor in spirit. I also read that one of the traits of narcissism is a denial of gratitude, and a sense of entitlement. With that in mind, I offer an illustration from John Ortberg:
“Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary:
8:00 am — Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am — A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am — A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am — Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm — Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm — Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm — Wagged my tail! My avorite thing!
5:00 pm — Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm — Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm — Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm — Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary:
Day 983 of my captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre, little dangling objects.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.
Two creatures, identical circumstances, but totally different experiences.
What is the difference? It is a way of thinking.
Gratitude is one mindset; entitlement is another.”
This Week’s Special
From the fullness of His grace
we have all received
one blessing after another.