Gratitude on a Sliding Scale

You may have noticed I’ve been posting every day this week, leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. Well, despite the name of my site, I’ve rediscovered sharing daily is no easy task! Hat’s off to my excellent blogger friends out there who regularly do this.

Kind reader, I’m fresh out of ideas. So, here’s a guest post I wrote a few weeks back for Rainer Bantau–The Devotional Guy. If you don’t already follow him, please check out his site!

My wife and I enjoy a show on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) called House Hunters. Each episode features would be home buyers working with a realtor to find their forever home.

It’s fun to watch folks, from different stages and walks of life, ticking through their wish lists. However, there are times when “Sky’s the Limit” thinking by a couple of twenty-somethings is a bit much.🙄

For example, there was the young wife who refused to consider any home with a chain link fence, because (to her) it made the outside of the house look like a prison yard. Or the couple who rejected a kitchen outright because it didn’t have high-end stainless-steel appliances.

I shook my head. When I was their age, I lived in a one-bedroom upstairs apartment and was glad to get it for $400 a month. Oh, and the neighbor across the hall cooked every meal with soy sauce.

Aren’t millennials grateful for anything!?

I spoke too soon. During an episode a week later, we were pleasantly surprised. Another young couple toured a house that seemed perfect for them. There was just one wrinkle: the washer and dryer were out on the screened in back porch. I thought for sure they would turn their noses up. But the young wife said, “I wouldn’t mind doing laundry out here. Growing up in Honduras, I walked down to the river to do the washing with my mother.” There goes my spoiled millennials theory.

Gratitude is connected to perspective

This is my take-away from the youthful Honduran housewife. For example, there are folks in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico who are grateful for a couple of new tarps and fuel for the generator. Meanwhile, I’m irritated when heavy rain blocks my satellite reception.

Here are a few of my favorite “gratitude in perspective” scriptures.

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Jesus (Luke 12:15 – NIV)

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5- NIV

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 -NIV

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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34 responses to “Gratitude on a Sliding Scale”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Staying “in the moment” regarding gratitude is paramount. I’ve wasted plenty of time worry about what I may gain or lose tomorrow. As Jesus said, “Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
    Thank you for reading and sharing, brother! God Bless.

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  2. Chris G Thelen Avatar

    Gratitude for what I have at this moment is so important. Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I bet there is a video out there. I’ll check.


  4. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Yes it would, and would make for a great Youtube video too!

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Simply B. Happy Thanksgiving to you, as well!


  6. SimplyB Avatar

    Soooo good. Love every bit of this post. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I thought of you the other day. I read about something you add to the top of a wooden or chain link fence called a “Coyote Roller.” When the Coyotes try to jump up on the fence, they hit this spinning piece of pipe that makes them fall to the ground. “Now, this would come in handy on the ranch,” I said to myself. 🤠

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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Once again you’ve summarized what I meant to say better than I did! Thank you, Manette Kay. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving too!

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  9. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    Perspective frames how we view life and directly correlates to one’s contentment or lack of—great examples to illustrate that point. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, David.

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Gary. You too!

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  11. Gary Fultz Avatar

    That’s a good thanksgiving message David. Have a great thanksgiving.

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  12. God Still Speaks Avatar

    The chain link fence only looks like a prison yard when the husband insists on stringing the concertina wire across the top!

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  13. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Honored and humbled. Thank you 🙏

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It’s the least I can do, brother. Seriously, you’re blog ministry is a big reason I have mine.

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  15. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Thank you, David, for the shout out as well! I’m glad that I had the opportunity to share some of your reflections with the readers following my blog.

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Chris. And to you as well!

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  17. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    Happy Thanksgiving

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  18. Dawn Avatar

    You’re welcome! Thank you! God bless you.

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The same to you and Sweet T. Thanks for friendship, blogging help, and example. Blessings, my brother!

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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes, we also watch the international version. I enjoyed the scriptures you shared today, as well. Thank you, Dawn. God Bless!

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  21. Dawn Avatar

    I like House Hunters too. The different buyer perspectives are always interesting lol. That was refreshing to see how grateful the buyer from Honduras was. Do you also watch house hunters international? I also enjoyed reading your gratitude scriptures. Thanks David.

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Bridget. I always look forward to your comments. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband, as well!

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Agreed. brother. You are an easy friend to lean on–even from across the Atlantic.


  24. BG Avatar

    No! No! You still got it! We can double team a few and share them on both sites! 😂🤪

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, BG! I’m about posted out, brother. 😅

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  26. BG Avatar

    Great job! Very insightful!

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  27. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    I definitely know what you mean about posting daily. Thank you for sharing this story. It helps us to see that it’s all about perspective. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 🦃

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, brother. I treasure our friendship. God’s best to the Kearns clan.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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  29. Alan Kearns Avatar

    We each work with what He gives us to His Glory; He values each of His children with the same love. What a marvellous Father we serve!

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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Alan. I have a week off from school, and still can’t churn them out every day! As I said, “Hat’s off to you, brother!”

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  31. Avatar

    nothing wrong with leaning on a friend (or an older post)

    Andy B

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  32. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Can never read a good post like this one too many times. Welcome to the daily posting club brother!😁

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