In my opinion, “grateful” is one of those words that is sometimes over-used. I’ll hear people say “Oh, I am so grateful!” when just a simple, “Gee, thanks a lot!” would do. I try to save my use of this word for something that is just about “over the top,” and of course, all of God’s gifts to us fall into that category. I do try to have many more “thank you’s” than “gimmes” in my prayers, but there are times that I do forget and just send up request after request and sometimes my petitions are even a bit silly. So beginning this week, I am going to try to pay attention to the little things that people do for me and express a sincere thank you, but I am especially going to try to remember to “always be grateful” to God for loving us unconditionally.

by JAM