Jesus, I believe in you, my Lord and
my Creator! You have given me everything, and you owe me nothing. You have forgiven me everything
when I owed you more than I could ever pay. I trust in your forgiveness and love,
Jesus, help me to be grateful to you.
How often are we offended by how others treat us, by a lack of gratitude, respect or
appreciation? However justified the reactions of our sensitivity, what lies at the root of our
complaints is pride. Looking out from my own broken creaturely condition, I can't help but see
myself for more than I am and expect more respect from everyone including God. Yet, before God I
am but a poor, tiny and dependent creature. From him I receive all that I am and need. How can I
demand anything from him? Even worse, how can I complain when I recognize that I am an ungrateful
sinner who has denied the rights and love of my Creator?
2. The Fundamental Relationship:
Our culture has become one of
entitlement. We view ourselves as having rights just expectations , and we expect that much is
owed to us. Thus we see children demanding what they want, spouses expecting their preferences to be
respected, and the belief that government must provide us with everything. God gets thrown into the
fray as well, so that he, too, must deliver according to our attitude of spoiled children. What we
forget is that we have received everything from God and we owe him everything. Jesus' image of the
slave and master is not just a metaphor. Although his free and generous gift of redemption raises us
up to the level of children and friends, he owes us nothing. Our fundamental relationship with God
must be that of a grateful creature with a loving creator. We must start
3. Humble Attitudes:
Far from asking us to act as worthless slaves, Jesus wants to free us
from the pride that enslaves. The virtues of service, gratitude, honor and obedience may not be
popular today, but they forever reflect the heart of a child of God. Jesus embraced all these
virtues and the attitudes of humility that they require. My first duty in life is to serve and obey
God. My duty of gratitude can never be exhausted, for he gives me so many gifts life, faith, family,
etc. , and he leads me to a love that is self-giving rather than demanding my rights before God and
Conversation with Christ:
Dear Lord Jesus, help me to embrace my
as creature with humble simplicity.
Open my mind and heart to the many
expressions of your generous love.
Teach me a gratitude that thinks more
of you than of me.
I will pray for the grace to show gratitude to God in
my daily activities, striving to make these acts of gratitude occur.