August 8, 2019

Gratitude: Shame’s Nemesis

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Shame destroys. Nothing tears us down like feeling as if we need to apologize for our own existence, and when we are constantly embarrassed about any part of our lives, including our imperfect bodies, we have fallen into its grip.  You see, looking in the mirror and saying nasty things to yourself is never going to make life better; the only thing that will bring true and lasting change is gratitude. I haven’t known a person who was genuinely grateful and unhappy at the same time; in fact, it’s almost as if the two cannot coexist, kind of like oil and water. This is why I believe there is power in dwelling not what’s been lost, but on what’s left. Even if you have an injury or struggle with a chronic condition,

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