Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Key to Wholeness

How do we overcome our past? How can we be healed from our brokenness and become people who give more than we receive? Is there a way to develop the integrity and wholeness the Scriptures describe? What is the path that leads us to healing?

I submit the only thing that makes a person whole is developing a heart that is filled with gratitude. The only thing that moves us from brokenness to healing, from one side of the spectrum to the other, is gratitude. This is a very practical and personal issue, but it is extremely difficult for us to practice.

We have been told for our entire life that everything is about us, and that people should learn how to value us correctly. All our relationships are meant to meet our needs, and people need to learn to relate to us correctly to avoid conflict. Everyone has to look out for themselves first. The problem this creates is the dysfunction and brokenness our society is filled with today! Can you imagine if EVERYONE took the attitude of themselves being #1 over everyone and everything else? It would be chaos, and unfortunately we are seeing that today. It seems right to tell a hurt and broken person to focus on loving themselves, but ultimately that advice is doing a great disservice to people.

The only healing from our brokenness is learning how to value others above ourselves, and to have an attitude of thankfulness regarding our lives. Too often we see life as the sum of things being taken from us and only negativity experienced. We see the glass as being half empty and we wonder who has stolen from us. When you have an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude, then you realize how much you have received in life. We can see clearly how little we actually deserve, and that all of life is really a gift from God. Believing this changes everything. We start to see the glass as being half full, and we wonder who has shared so much with us.

Practice gratitude in your life and watch how God can heal even the deepest wounds.

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