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James 1:2-4

2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.


“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”Epicurus
“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
“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.”Roy T. Bennett
“Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don’t forget to lift someone up.”Roy T. Bennett
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”Maya Angelou


Gratitude is a core value I’ve learned to appreciate more and more as time has passed. I’m starting to find the little things in life to be more enjoyable, even in the minutia of life or when problems come my way. Throughout my life, I’ve learned that complaining doesn’t move me forward to the goals I want to accomplish, and practicing gratitude helps me appreciate life and keeps me in a place of joy and happiness, even when life sucks.

I’ve found out that with consistent practice of gratitude, I find unique opportunities to grow and learn, and some of the best experiences I’ve had have come from just practicing this one value.