This quote from John Maxwell reminds us that we all carry a debt of gratitude that cannot be repaid.  Have you ever thought about living a life that is dominated by gratitude?  I mean going beyond the obvious and being thankful for even that which is not so easily observed.  I once read a story about a man who was known for his constant gratitude.

On one occasion this man was robbed while walking down the street.  The thieves took everything of values.  Later that night, he wrote in his diary, "I am thankful that during these years I have never been robbed until now.  Also, even though they took my money, they did not take my life.  And although they took all I had, it was not much.  Finally, I am grateful that is was I who was robbed, not I who robbed." 

True gratitude can be found in more places than we often look.  During the holidays, we enjoy all those special dinners and subsequent leftovers.  And be thankful you won't be the only person who gains a few extra pounds.  According to a recent USA Today report Americans gain 1.1 billion pounds each year.  In the midst of my weight crisis.... I can be thankful that I am not the only one!

On a more serious note...maybe you are going through a more serious crisis this holiday season.  No matter the pain, no matter the sorrow, no matter the grief, let me encourage you to find some way to be grateful--It will help.

This is my story...