With Thankful Hearts – Jacob 4:3

3 Now in this thing we do rejoice; and we labor diligently to engraven these words upon plates, hoping that our beloved brethren and our children will receive them with thankful hearts, and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not with sorrow, neither with contempt, concerning their first parents.

As I read Jacob’s words today, I had this thought about gratitude: a grateful heart is an observant heart. Ungrateful people are oblivious to their blessings. Therefore, they don’t enjoy them as much as grateful people, and they can’t extract as much value from them. Jacob hoped his readers would receive his writings with grateful hearts, because he knew that only a grateful person would pay enough attention to receive the blessings these words could bring.
Today, I will be grateful for the specific blessings I have received, remembering that my enjoyment of those blessing depends in large part on my ability to recognize them and appreciate their value. 
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