Pastor Earnest Marter was a former religion teacher of mine at college in the 1980’s. I only took a couple of classes with him, but he always came across to me as a most gracious person. He was of the old school, taught students in a dark suit and tie, with teaching that was conservative but full of depth. But it was the name of his home address a few hundred yards from the college that summed up for me the person he was. He named his small two/three bedroom semi-detached house ‘Gratitude’.
As I have often regularly shared and ‘grumped on’ about often, waking up where I live each morning to darkness, grey clouds, rain and cold, does not exactly endear me to jump out of bed for joy and shout ‘Praise the Lord’. But the example of that faithful pastor in naming his house ‘Gratitude’ along with his gracious and pleasant attitude, sums up for me how a person of hope should really live. Sure the superficial grumps at the start of the day may always be there, but deep down, there is a joy that I hope is unshakable. Whatever circumstances I face, there are some certain things that I have every reason to be cheerful about. Here’s my top ten reasons for deep down joyful thanks which for me are part of my internal emotional, psychological and spiritual operating system.
The result - ‘Gratitude’
I hope the same is so for you.
Pastor David Neal is the President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland