We are declaring 2015 as the Year of Gratitude at Shoreline Church. We believe gratitude is the secret to living a full life and that ingratitude is at the core of all sin.
It goes all the way back before mankind to the fall of Lucifer. The bible describes him as a spectacular, creative being. (Ezekiel 28:12-15) All God gifted him with was not enough and his ungratefulness got him cast down to Hell. (Isaiah 14:12-15)
In the Garden of Eden, Satan sank his venom into the hearts of Adam and Eve. They had beauty, provision and companionship but gave in to temptation, taking a bite of the apple in search of something other than what God had given. Ingratitude got them kicked out of paradise.
The consequences of ingratitude were cataclysmic.
All the pain and suffering inflicted on our world has its roots in ingratitude. Greed, lust, lying and addiction are an attempt to fill the emptiness of dissatisfaction. In this futile quest for more we lose sight of the good, good life around us.
If paradise is lost with ingratitude, there is a way to regain the joy and fulfillment we long for – GRATITUDE!
Becoming a grateful person is one of the most emotionally satisfying, spiritually energizing things you can do.
We discover a new way of living in the words Jesus spoke at the last meal he shared with his followers:
He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them… Luke 22:19
In the original language the word for “gave thanks” is the Greek word “eucharisteo.” It comes from two other Greek words, “charis” which means grace or gift and “chara” which means deep satisfying joy.
So, in the original language that small phrase would sound more like this: He took the bread and knew it to be a gift from God and he gave thanks and it produced deep satisfying joy.
Gratitude produces joy!
There is a rhythm in “eucharisteo” that can transform our lives:
- See the gifts of God’s grace.
- Give thanks.
- Experience deep, soul satisfying joy.
If you want 2015 to be fulfilling and joy-filled please join us in making it the year of gratitude in your home. We invite you to host or join a Gratitude small group. You can search for a group by clicking HERE. You can pick up materials (a DVD and workbooks) in the lobby and have a gratitude group with your family.
We can’t wait to see what lies ahead as we live out this Year of Gratitude.