Research shows gratitude can result in a person being more content, healthy, and fulfilled. A Berkeley University study showed people are more driven to reach their goals if they are grateful. Gratitude has also been linked to better health and grades in school. Researchers uncovered several ways grateful people improve themselves and their communities: By connecting with others, grateful people feel better about themselves–because the focus is not on self but on how we treat others. Gratitude also causes us to feel indebted toward people who help us. Feeling indebted is one reason the Apostle Paul was so driven to spread the Gospel despite being persecuted. He wrote in 1 Corinthians chapter 15, “I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me.” As the apostle reflected on the patience, mercy, and love God had shown him, he felt indebted to do his part to help fulfill Christ’s kingdom agenda. Each follower of Christ should have an attitude of gratitude.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More