Gratitude is easy to recognise in the obvious things that bring us immediate comfort or relief. Having a job, a place to stay, being surrounded by loved ones, and so on. We know that if we take them for granted it increases the risk of it being snatched away. Either by someone else, or through neglect.
What is it that stops us from affirming others while they're alive, as opposed to waiting for their demise before singing their praises? Perhaps we're afraid of being held accountable for our kind thoughts which denies us that ever convenient exit of 'I knew it' or 'I told you so' or 'I should've known better'? [...]
Drakensburg mountain range in KZN (South Africa) The only word that comes to mind when trying to describe the view I recently took in on a mountain pass through the Drakensburg range is what my 5 year old daughter used to describe every awe-inspiring thought, sight or experience she was exposed to. Awesome! What wasn't [...]
I used to openly discuss my income with people close to me. It was purely an academic discussion on my part, but was often misconstrued by even my closest family members as being an indication of my views about my worth relative to their own. Too often we base the value of our self worth on [...]
Gratitude is not simply a state of mind, but rather a state of being. Appreciating someone but restraining yourself from openly expressing it, verbally or otherwise, is of no use to them, and only sows the seeds of selfishness in your own heart. True appreciation would result in a willingness to acknowledge the impact that [...]
Perhaps if we worshipped more and prayed less, we may find that we'll have less reason to pray and more reason to worship.That's not as cryptic as it may sound. Worship, to me, is acknowledging the greatness of the Almighty and His power to make anything happen in your life. Prayer on the other hand, [...]