Grenades, Gratitude and Gold Medals

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Gratitude

Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!

Each weekly blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.

Pillar: Gratitude at all times

“Give thanks in all circumstances”-1 Thessalonians 5: 18

Principle: Gratitude is powerful

Jaco van Gass and Cristiano Ronaldo. Which name do you know? Like most, if not all of you, if someone asked me the same question it is the latter name that I would easily recognize and not only because I’m a fan of Manchester United, happy to see ‘CR7’ return to Old Trafford!

You see, some people’s stories may only be heard every four years as is the case with many Olympians and Paralympians. This is why I only recently found out about Jaco van Gass who could have died in August 2009 due to the blast from a rocket-propelled grenade while he served in Afghanistan.

Van Gass, understandably, is grateful to be alive. But that’s not the end. He used his near tragedy as motivation to run marathons, climb mountains and eventually compete in this year’s Paralympics. How did he do? He won three medals, two of them being gold.

From within, van Gass mustered up the resolve to resist discouragement and to propel himself into competitive action. Gratitude, therefore, can be a real springboard for overcoming obstacles of many shapes and sizes.

Do you have a grateful heart? Not only during the blessings but also during the hardships? Have you stopped for a moment recently to give thanks for people, possessions and future possibilities? It’s all about perspective, isn’t it?

I hear you, it’s been a tough eighteen months with the pandemic, and, depending on where you live, the devastating impact of hurricanes, fires and severe weather patterns. Yet, this remains true: God is in control and as popular Caribbean gospel minister Rizon sings in his song ‘Overflow,’ He is still good.

Practical: Gratitude shines through

Even when life does not always make sense, give thanks. This practice softens our hearts.

If you were inspired by this blog, please consider sharing it with one other person today. To learn more about these and other related themes that promote the cultivation of an integrated inner self, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

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  1. Michelle Marcus

    So much to be grateful for. I am reminded everyday when I do get to drive to and from work. Thanks

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