One would assume that as the financial, personal and professional achievements of our life grow, we would also grow in appreciation of those same things. Evidently not. The assumption that I become more thankful the larger my net worth, or the more a family grows or a business thrives, is sadly not true.
"I'd be so grateful if I just won the lottery!" "I'd be so grateful the family grew in number and accomplishments."
It does not happen that way. Financial or professional or personal blessings seem to have little bearing on gratitude and thankfulness. How odd. What a shame.
"Bombarded by Bounty," Martin Copenhaver calls it. We are so overwhelmed by the wild abundance of our culture, of Sonoma Valley, that we literally choke on it all. We are choking not on the fumes belching out of a bus in Cuba, but by another poison.
Step one towards even a little gratitude is taken with a renewed sense of humility in our hearts. "Give thanks in all circumstances," writes Paul in 1st Thessalonians. All circumstances includes not only giving thanks when we are desperately poor and in trouble, but in 'all' circumstances, including these times when we are "Bombarded With Bounty."
Striving for a grateful heart,