Making Time for Gratitude

Live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which [God] doth bestow upon you. – Book of Mormon 37:38

Isn’t that beautiful? And yet, I’ve never seen myself as someone who was very good at showing gratitude. Instead, I find myself as one who can get preoccupied with my list way to easily.

I don’t particularly love this about myself, and so I set out to learn to be more grateful.

Do you remember the story of the 10 lepers in Luke 17? There was only one who stopped to show his gratitude, and yet can we entirely fault the nine? Luke17:11 reads;

“And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

“And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

I see myself in the 9 and yet I long to be the one. The nine were given a task and so they hurriedly went after accomplishing it. They were obedient and they were willing to go and do what the Lord had commanded them. They did exactly as they were told to do.

But there was one. The Samaritan. He saw an opportunity to be more and to do more. He too got up to do as he was told, but he took pause so that he could first give thanks.

“To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.” – Thomas S. Monson

In this season of gratitude and thanksgiving, I want to be more like the one.

I want to root out the moments when I forget to take pause and show gratitude, love, or kindness. I want to live with gratitude!

And so I will have to take back from what I believe robs us of our gratitude and joy: business.

If we are not careful business can convince us that we don’t have time to looks up. Our own plates become too full. We see only what we need, and how we’re doing. We miss the moment to see that someone needs us!

The other part of our joy puzzle is gratitude. To be grateful, we must slow down enough to truly see what we have.

This season I want to focus more on my to-be list than my to-do list, and I want to show my Savior, my family, and this life – how grateful I am. Want to join me?

“The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life.” -President Joseph F. Smith, sixth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints