I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. G. K. Chesterton
Here are some of the countless blessings that will always provide fuel for a wildfire of gratitude in your soul! The Jesus experiences of each day are kindling for that wildfire. These awesome experiences (if you can see and hear from your heart) will continually stoke the embers of past experience into the blaze of present presence and grandeur in Him!
Jesus did not just solve our problems by waving a magic wand from afar. He entered into the middle of the conflict, stepped into the domain of contradiction, entered our hell, faced death itself and from there He conquered. Atonement is His at-one-ment with us. Andre Rabe Meditate each day upon the wonder of the Gospel of Jesus and you will remain strangely warmed.
Then, as you live from the place of gratitude you will become enraptured by the moment by moment revelation of Father that Jesus brings. The masses of the world will never be converted by a second rate Christian version of itself. And neither will you and me! They will however flock to places that can give them what nothing else can, a life that doesn't leave them fatherless and gives them truly heaven on earth.
From the perspective of shared Father Intimacy with Jesus will appear the following startling revelation. This reality will evoke untold gratitude! You're never too late. You can't outrun grace. Mercy doesn't care what you've done wrong. So prodigals come home.Finding God's goodness and his affection for you in the brutal realities of this age is how you discover the peace that passes all understanding.
Isnt it strange? We understand how storms are created. We map solar systems and transplant hearts. We measure the depths of the ocean and send signals to distant planets. Were learning how it all works! And for some, the loss of mystery has led to the loss of majesty! The more we know, the less we believe.
But knowledge of the workings should not negate wonder. It should stir wonder (and gratitude)! Who has more reason to worship than the astronomer who has seen the stars? Why then should we worship less? Were more impressed with our discovery of the light switch than with the one who invented electricity. And rather than worship the Creator, we worship the creation! (Up Words, Max Lucado, parenthesis and emphasis mine)
Your gratitude will become happiness doubled by wonder! Ron Ross