March 11

Written by Bill Grandi on March 11th, 2021

I want to continue my thoughts on gratitude.

I was sitting in my chair last night unable to sleep. It was one of those nights where the combination of no gall bladder (and still learning), eating the wrong thing too late, and my mind refusing to shut off which made for a tough night for sleep to come.

But as I sat there (remember I said my mind refused to shut off) and a thought hit me.

  • A person cannot be envious of another and be thankful.
  • A person cannot be jealous of another and be thankful.
  • A person cannot be dissatisfied and be thankful.
  • A person cannot grumble and be thankful.
  • A person cannot be a complainer and be thankful.

All those examples are dichotomous. The idea of being unhappy with one’s lot in life and being overly thankful just does not gel.

I am pretty ignorant when it comes to knowing much about a monk named Brother Lawrence. I have heard of him and that is about where my knowledge ends. I know of him. But I just read something recently which gave me a whole new perspective of this unique man.  He was a monk of lowly status who spent his days washing and scrubbing pots and pans and doing menial work around the monastery. In spite of that lowly life, people loved to be in his presence. Why? Because he loved to invite God’s Presence into all he did. His heart was filled with gratitude and therefore, it had no room for grumbling, complaining, etc.

Do people like to be in your presence because you bring God’s Presence with you? I ask myself that question and tend to come up wanting.

“Father, may today be a start of something different. May it be a day where people enjoy being in my presence because I bring Your Presence in with me.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S says:

    I definitely don’t have people swarming to be near me… I suspect I could use a bit more of God’s presence in my life. I suspect most of us could. I’m not sure how much my introvert self would like the swarm though.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      People swarming and having God’s presence are not necessarily synonymous. And I can see your introvert self saying, “Enough!” 🙂

  2. I had heard that story of Brother Lawrence, Bill, and have many times tried to emulate his attitude when I’m having to do common, everyday chores around the house. God’s presence can be invited into our midst anywhere and at anytime.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      that is an interesting take on it Martha. To see someone trying to emulate his attitude when doing common things. But I can see you doing that. Thanks for the comment.