Joy increases as you express gratitude. There is a direct relationship between gratitude and joy. There is also a relationship between gratitude and time.
No matter how you measure it, we each get the same amount of time to spend each week:
- 168 hours
- 10,080 minutes
- 604,800 seconds
We think about time a lot:
- Time is of the essence
- Ain’t nobody got time for that
- Time flies
- You do that all the time
- You’re wasting your time
- We are running out of time
The Bible talks about time:
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Time is a big deal and the big decision is what to do with the time we’ve been given. As Gandalf told Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring,
“All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.”
We want to get the most out of time and learn to live in the moment but it’s not easy. Regrets drag us back into the past. Worries about the future trap us in tomorrow. The hurried pace of life keeps us running, breathless. With everything we need to accomplish and all our to-do lists, we rush around skimming the surface and missing the satisfaction of living deeply aware in the present.
God calls himself I AM, not I was or I will be. I AM. Present tense. God is with us, in us and all around us but we miss it.
“Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” Genesis 28:16
So what is the antidote for hasty, shallow, hurried living? Gratitude!
When gratitude becomes your priority, something supernatural happens. It causes you to focus. In all the complexities of a shameful past, a worrisome future and a harried present, gratitude brings simplicity and perspective
Watching for gifts and searching for wonders helps you live in the moment.
Gratitude slows the pace of life down to the perfect rhythm. Enjoy!
This is the fifth part in a series
Click here for the fourth part Who, What and Wen
Click here for the third part Make a Daily Gratitude List
Click here for the second part Gratitude Destroys Joy Killers
Click here for the first part The Year of Gratitude