Gratitude 26 Nov

(Message 4) Is it possible to choose to be happy? While we may not be able to turn on happy emotions with the flick of a switch, there’s another way. It all starts with choosing a perspective that’s full of gratitude. This perspective leads to a grateful heart, and as David discovered, a grateful heart is a happy heart.

  • Lord, today I want to thank you for…
  • Despite the fact that I’ve had a really hard week, I’m so thankful for…
  • My heart is full of gratitude because God has…

 

When we choose gratitude:

  1. We choose happiness.
  2. We’ll have lots of friends.
  3. It’s God’s will for our lives.
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  1. What did you do that was the most fun over the Thanksgiving holiday? What did you do that was the most meaningful? Why?
  2. Think about a time when you were stressed or depressed. What was your attitude during that time?
    • What were the responses of the people around you to your attitude?
    • What could the results have been if you had chosen to be grateful or thankful?
  3. Troy told the story of Jerry, a restaurant manager who made a significant, conscious life attitude choice.
    • What did he choose every morning?
    • What did he choose when bad things happened?
    • How did those practices affect his response to a dire situation?
  4. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions God’s will? Why?
    • Why is it hard to accept God’s will at times?
    • What are some practices that can help you remain in God’s will regardless of circumstances?
    • Did you include choosing to be grateful? Why or why not?
  5. Why is it sometimes difficult to make the choice to be grateful in difficult circumstances?
    • What steps can you take to make that choice easier?
    • How long does it take to build a habit of a grateful attitude?
  6. How important do you think an attitude of gratitude or thanksgiving in your lifestyle, witness, or idle conversation may be to anyone who is watching or listening?
    • Do you believe yourself to be an energy giver or an energy taker?
    • Why?
  7. David is referred to as “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22).  Go around the group and answer this question:  If God were to write a statement about you, how would it read?

Thirty Day Gratitude Prayer Guide

Daily Scripture Readings:

Day 1: Psalm 136: 1-9

Day 2: Psalm 136:10-17

Day 3: Psalm 136:18-26

Day 4: Psalm 118:1-14

Day 5: Psalm 118:15-29

Day 6: Psalm 100

Day 7: James 1:2; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Romans 8:28

Series

David

Speaker

Troy Knight

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