This holiday season there will be people we can’t control, situations we can’t change, and unrealistic expectations we can’t compete with. Though chaos and anxiety during this season are unavoidable, we have the power to choose joy and create peace. All it takes is gratitude. When we focus on and express gratitude, we give ourselves margin to love God and love others.
1. This past Sunday it was said that “unexpressed gratitude is ingratitude.” What do you think that means? Do you think it’s true?
2. How can gratitude change a relationship? Give a personal example of a time that gratitude made a difference in a relationship.
3. What is the relationship between gratitude and margin? Is there a situation this holiday season where you could use some margin? How can gratitude improve that situation?
4. In Colossians 3:12-15, Paul tells us to clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience...and over all these virtues put on love.” Which of those attributes do you need to focus on this week?
5. Have you ever considered that you have to be right with people in order to be right with God? How much importance have you placed on loving people in the past? How does the knowledge that God cares how we relate to people change how you love others?
As you spend time with friends and family this week be intentional to focus on the things in your life that you should be grateful for and express gratitude to the people around you. Create margin.