A highlight from Chuck Colson on Radical Gratitude

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Recently. A friend wrote to me and reminded me of chuck. Colson commentary from all the way back in two thousand and five. It's aged rather well. I might say and that's because despite how much things have changed. Despite how much more chaotic the headlines might be today than they were when chuck. I delivered this commentary years ago. The core truth is the same that a posture of gratitude is one that recognizes who's world. It actually is and where we fit. In god's overarching plan to make all things new the very fact that we're created demands that we are grateful to our creator and the fact that we're created this way in a way that god himself called good is one that also demands our gratitude and the fact that god doesn't just leave us fully to our own devices but is active in the world restraining evil and bringing the possibility of redemption through. His son worked out through his church. Well that's enough for us to be grateful as well. So here's chuck colson from two thousand and five talking about gratitude. The great reformer. John calvin once said that gratitude was the essence of the christian to find out how gratitude can empower your life stay tuned to breakpoint. The notion of gratitude is hot. These days search the internet and you'll find more than a million sites about thankfulness for example university psychologist recently conducted a research project on gratitude and thanksgiving they divided participants into three groups. People in the first group practice daily exercises like writing in a gratitude journal. They reported higher levels of alertness determination optimism energy and less depression and stress than the control group unsurprisingly there were also a lot happier than the participants who were told to keep an account of all the bad things that happened. Each one of the psychologists concluded that though a practice of gratitude is a key to most religions. It's benefits extend to the general population regardless of faith or no faith. He suggested that anyone can increase his sense of wellbeing just from counting his blessings as my colleague ellen. Von writes in her new book radical gratitude. No one is going to disagree. That gratitude is a virtue. But i wanted says counting our blessings and conjuring an attitude of to whom it may concern gratitude. Pollyanna style is not enough. What do we do when cancer strikes. I have two children battling it right now or when loved ones die when we find ourselves in the midst of broken and real suffering that she says is where gratitude gets radical while they often mingled together in the life of a follower of christ. There are actually two types of thankfulness wanted secondary the other primary the secondary sort is thankfulness for blessings. Received life health home family freedom. A tall cold lemonade on a summer. Day it's a mindset of active appreciation for all good gifts the great preacher and what's president of princeton university jonathan edwards called. Thanks for such blessings natural granted. It's a good thing but this gratitude doesn't come naturally if at all when things go badly it can't boy us up in difficult times nor by itself does it truly please god and the paraphrase jesus even pagans can give thanks when things are going well edwards 'cause the deeper primary form of thankfulness gracious gratitude. It gives thanks not for goods received but for who god is for his character. His goodness love power excellencies regardless of favors received and it's real evidence of the holy spirit working in a person's life this gracious gratitude for who got is also goes to the heart of who we are. In christ it is relational rather than conditional though our world may shudder. We are secure in him. We can have peace in times of pain. The fout of our joy the love of god who made us and saved us cannot be quenched by any power that exists people who are filled with such radical. Gratitude are unstoppable irrepressible. Overflowing with what see us. Lewis called the good infection. The supernatural refreshing love of god that draws others to him and that more than any words we might other is a powerful witness to our neighbors that god's power is real and his presence very relevant even in a world full of broken this as well as blessings for breakpoint chuck colson in washington. That was chuck colson and a breakpoint commentary from may the seventeenth two thousand and five. It's aged well. Because it's a truth that transcends cultural moments and the challenges of one age to the next and in an all we are to be grateful to god for the fact that he is our creator the fact that he has sent christ our redeemer and he is overseeing the scope of history and allows us to be part of what he's doing in the world. It's always a good habit to take some time day by day to be grateful for the colson center. I'm john stonestreet with

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