understanding gratitude

"Gratitude is the starting point of generosity."

I've always felt like I had a generous heart. I share, I pray for others, I give what I can. But it's not until lately I've realized how selfish and ungrateful I am. And that rocked me to my core. In the past few years, it's as if I grew up a LOT. I began to understand what gratitude is all about.

I'm in a place of complete brokenness. A brokenness for more of Jesus. A brokenness for the lost and hurting. Somewhere in becoming a mom, I learned how blessed I am. There are nights when all I can do is hold my baby and cry out of gratitude to God, praising Him for the gift of her.

I get it now. I understand gratitude.

But now I also understand generosity. And that's the catcher.

My heart longs to do more. To fix it. To make the hurting stop. To wrap my arms around the hurting single moms who are just struggling to get by. For the families that aren't sure where their next meal will come from. Or how they will get their kids to school if they can't fill the car with gas. When daddy just can't find a job to make ends meet.

My heart hurts.

My hubby and I are praying through what God is doing in us, and how we will act on it. I'm praying that doors will open for generosity. That we can make a difference in someone's life. To give them hope and a sense of gratitude.

Do you really understand gratitude? How can you be generous this holiday season?