You cannot be great until you are grateful. That you are working hard does not determine how successful you will be. No man prevails by strength. It is only those who are grateful to God that receives his grace.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 (KJV) I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
The man called Paul had a very rough background but out of all the disciples, after Jesus, Paul was the most impactful. Paul then declared that it was grace.
1 Corinthians 15:10 (KJV) But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
A man’s altitude will be defined by his level of gratitude. When you are grateful, you become graceful and when you are graceful you become successful.
The man called David was a shepherd, the least of his family but David was very thankful and praiseful. People who are thankful and praiseful to God do not have stress because they have God’s special line; blessings are automatic for them. The gates to God is always open to them.
Psalms 100:4 (KJV) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Always give God quality thanksgiving and do so cheerfully. Appreciate God in the fire, in the cold, privately, publicly, in bad times, in good times and you will see that you will not sweat to make progress. If you are too big to be grateful to God, then you will end up a great fool like the rich fool.
Samuel Johnson said “gratitude is the fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.”
You cultivate the habit of gratitude. Gratitude unexpressed is ingratitude, when you are given something immediately say “thank you.” Gratitude unspoken is unknown.
Jeremiah 13:16 (KJV) Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.
Gratitude must be given at the right time. God hates ingratitude, Christians sow and work and cry yet they suffer because they forget to say “thank you Lord” for the little they have.
Being grateful moves the hands of God to release blessings to us, he preserves the blessings also through thanksgiving.
Malachi 2:2 (KJV) If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings.
God multiplies the blessings through thanksgiving, thank God for the small one and that little one you have will be multiplied.
John 6:11 (KJV) And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
The loaves and fishes Jesus took was little, but after he gave thanks it multiplied such that there were remnants.
As you continually give thanks, may God continue to bless and increase you!