Lent 2016 Gratitude for the familiar

Wednesday 24th February

Ephesians 1:16
I do not cease to give thanks for you,
as I remember you in my prayers

It is the familiar that usually eludes us in life,
what is before our nose is what we see least.
– William Barrett

How often do we take those we love for granted?
Our husband, wife, partners, family, friends, parents, children?
That which is under our very noses
is often what we neglect to say thank you for the most.
Studies that have been undertaken about relationships show that
what often lies at the heart of problems in a relationship is a lack of appreciation.
Telling partners, friends, children, parents,
just how much we appreciate what they do and how much they mean to us,
has proved to be something that strengthens relationships.
Expressing gratitude also helps to see the other person in a more positive light.
It is only when we take time to appreciate another’s contribution
that we realise just how much they give to us.
It is so easy to concentrate on people’s negative traits
and we need to remind ourselves
to concentrate on the positive things they bring to our lives.
Thankfulness provides a very valuable foundation for all our relationships.