What usually follows an extraordinary act of kindness?
I’m glad you asked....
Extraordinary acts of gratitude.
Gratitude is a skill that can be taught, learned, cultivated and practiced as second nature. David Thomas, President of Moorehouse College, called Robert F. Jones’ benevolent act “a gift of liberation” Mr. Jones has freed these 396 students of future debt that would have followed them well into their professional lives.
The Gift of liberation
This interview brought me to a level of excitement and I was challenged to recall a great liberating act that transformed my life. My salvation and fellowship with God as his child. As a Pastor I am challenged to share my faith while practicing to stay grounded with gratitude for what Christ has done for me.
I was in spiritual debt, bankrupt and unable to climb out of mental darkness because of my separation from God. This didn’t mean that I could not function with daily pursuits. This debt didn’t disable me from great accomplishments or maintaining relationships. It was just looming as a tremendous burden as one that could only be repaid through sacrifice.
Christ did for me in the Spirit, a great act of kindness, what Robert F. Jones did for 396 Moorehouse students in the natural this week. He granted me a lifetime “gift of liberation”.
I’m not always practicing gratitude...
I have taken for granted just what was done and at times I get beat down by life’s body blows, I find it hard to embrace this act with a grateful heart because I get so loaded with the need to be successful as a husband, father, pastor, entrepreneur and at times I find myself angry, bitter and even disgruntled.
Creating a Process
Don Lemon asked David Thomas at the 1.34 mark during the interview, “do you have any idea how this will be done?”. David’s response got me excited, he replies “when your doing something that has never been done before you have to create a process”.
This held true before and continues to hold true today.
The true question concerning the process is this, can you be grateful once you are years away from receiving the gift?
Will this 2019 class find something negative to grip their minds around and have to be reminded of just how great this amazing act of generosity was just as I had to be concerning my faith and the greatest liberating act I have ever experienced in my life? Will hardship, trials and tribulations that lie in wait for them choke out the excitement and replaced gratefulness with bitterness and excuses?
As I write this morning I am reminded of many people I know who share my faith but are always complaining, setting traps for others and unwelcoming to new people as they are suspect of introducing new people to experience the same liberation we share in common.
Where did we loose our gratitude?
My prayer is that this story inspires you to become excited again about your faith. That you be inspired to tell strangers of your great Spiritual liberation as we have been freed from Spiritual bankruptcy and yet the Scriptures remind us that Christ “hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” Ephesians 1:3
No there won’t be CNN interviews waiting for you, however, with a conscious effort to practice gratitude, you will definitely feel better everyday.