Meaning of Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Psychologist say Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants. However, as a christian Gratitude gets at the very essence of what it means to be created, finite, fallen, redeemed, and sustained by the God of all grace. My office bible study group met during lunch today to discuss the chapter we just read on Humility. In this chapter Chuck Swindoll touches on Gratitude in a section and discusses how it develops humility. I know this is so simple and easy and YET I swear it was profound as if it was talking to me directly (just what I needed to hear / read). I get so caught up in why why why / how how how / I want I want I want........ in all of my thinking how often do I really stop and have Gratitude for the life and death of Christ and what it personally did for me? It's embarrassing to say it's not on the forefront of my thinking. This is just sad and not even right. I am quick to always tell God what I need, how He can help me, but how often do I say Thank you, Lord? Don't get me wrong, I do say Thank You often, but do I really do it with Gratitude or is it more repetitious? On the way to work this morning I was praying and talking to God and telling him how I need him / The Trinity to lead me and direct me into a deeper walk and bring me into a better understanding. This was an answer to our conversation this morning. God is always so good to help me and yet showing Gratitude is not one of the first things I do. I learned a lot today and just wanted to share it with everyone. Gratitude is so important yet how many times do we let it slip by. It's important to have Gratitude towards God for what He did for us, it's important to show Gratitude towards our family and friends and even our coworkers and bosses. It's actually important in every area. Now I understand how Gratitude can bring about Humility. I am so glad I am a born again christian and I am so glad God hears me and then answers my questions. It's good to be a christian.