Lessons in Gratitude, From Nietzsche and Friends


Towards the end of every week I usually post a paragraph or two quote, normally something I have read recently that’s resonated with me. So, in my search to find some interesting thoughts on gratitude for Thanksgiving Day, I came across some wonderful words on gratitude, derived from completely unexpected authors. Here is a sampling:

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind word that will stand behind the action. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
– Albert Schweitzer

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
– David O. McKay

An atheist who exclaimed “God is dead,” a transcendentalist who thought God was in each of us, a liberal theologian who thought Jesus lied about His Second Coming, and a Mormon walk into a bar.

Though all of these men had a misplaced understanding of gratitude, there is truth within their words here that we gospel-centered Christians can take with us. We express our gratitude to the Father continually, in our actions, with our voices. We look around at the theater of God’s glory, His artistry in the world and in those we love, and we cry out, “Thank You.” Most of all, we remember His great grace, that He came into the world to free us from sin, reconciling us to God and to one another, so that one day we would dwell with Him.

Let every day, not just Thanksgiving Day, be a day where we are continually, expressively, and authentically living in gratitude of our good Father and His good gifts.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


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