“I am grateful to my Creator.”
People who have resolved to repeat this for five minutes a day for an entire month have found the tremendously positive impact that this exercise will have on all aspects of their life.
This is one of the most important messages you can tell yourself.
Living with this gratitude elevates you. You become a more spiritual person. You become a more joyful person. You become a kinder and more compassionate person. You become a calmer and more peaceful person. You become a person who lives in greater harmony with others.
Right this moment, imagine the joy you would feel if you were to feel an intense sense of gratitude to your Creator. Allow yourself to begin to feel some of this now.
In what ways might your envy of others be similar to this?
-Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman said: When you get up in the morning, let the world wait. Defy it a little. First, learn something to inspire you. Take a few moments to meditate upon it. And then you may plunge ahead into the darkness, full of light with which to illuminate it.
Every morning, actually some mornings and some evenings because I still work rotating shifts, when I wake up before I get out of bed, I am endeavoring to silently recite a blessing to God, thanking Him for returning my soul to me. While I don’t usually think that I might “die before I wake” as I go to sleep, (Remember the bedtime prayer) “Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord, my soul to keep; but if I doe before I wake, I pray the Lord, my soul, to take.” I am aware that my life is in the hands of God; my well-being depends on His chesed and His providence. In that sense each new day, when I become aware that I’m still here, is a gift from God.
One of my 89-year-old mothers’ friends puts it this way, “If I wake up and I know who I am, where I am, whose I am and who you are its time to give God some praise”.
Do you realize how many events take place when you are sleeping, these events are not on the other side of the globe but in our cities and communities and neighborhoods sometimes even on our streets? We are waking up to hear news of someone getting robbed just two streets over or police reports of multiple car break-ins on our cul-de-sac. (Now that’s bold, in my opinion, since you have only one way in and out.
But, as Jesus said: Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. (Matthew 24:43 NLT)
So because my creator, savior, and Lord continually watch over me (and all that I care for) all day and all night I will rise and bow, I will give Him praise and will have gratitude for all He has done.
That said here’s the blessing:
I invite you to join me and we can become aware of each new day and the promise it brings.
“I gratefully thank You, living and existing King for restoring my soul to me with compassion. Abundant is your faithfulness.”