Christian Devotional – January 22, 2018

How grateful are you? Often when I see posts on leadership, they emphasize the importance of gratefulness. Oye leadership shines the most when we are exhibiting true thankfulness for the things and people around us. What does that look like? Well Jesus encountered gratefulness in Luke 17:1-21.

Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.
Luke 17:15‭-‬16 NASB

Jesus had healed 10 men, but he hasn’t done it immediately. He told them to go and show themselves to the priest, so they started on their way. Only as they were going did they notice they had been healed. Now, I can see one of them thinking,  “well, it’s about time I got healed. I mean, I thought he’d do that right away and instead I had to wait.” Or possibly even just focusing on all the thing he would do differently now that he was healed instead of remembering how he got healed in the first place.

Gratitude is a choice. We don’t have to be grateful for anything that we experience. Instead, we could feel entitled, or just lucky, or any number of other things. Instead, it’s important to remember where we have come from and all the things that have played a part in getting us to where we are now. Are we truly grateful and do we share that gratitude with others?

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