Members of the Masai tribe in West Africa understand that gratitude and humility go hand in hand. When they want to say “thank you,” they touch their forehead down to the ground and say literally, “My head is in the dirt.”
Another African tribe expresses gratitude in a similar way by saying, “I sit on the ground before you.” When someone wants to make his gratitude known, he goes and just sits quietly for a period of time in front of the hut of the person to whom he is grateful.
Gratitude is the overflow of a humble heart, just as surely as an ungrateful, complaining spirit flows out of a proud heart. Proud people are wrapped up in themselves. If people or circumstances don’t please or suit them, they are prone to whine or become resentful.
A humble person thinks much of God and others and spends little time fixating on herself. She recognizes that anything she has is better than she deserves. She doesn’t feel anyone owes her anything. She doesn’t feel entitled to have more or for life to be easy or for everyone to love her and treat her well. She’s grateful for the least little kindness that’s extended to her, knowing it’s more than she deserves.
Heavenly Father, so often my default posture is one of pride. Forgive me for my self-focus, and fix my heart on You and others. Help me to think less about myself so there is room for You and for loving people around me. Reset my posture to one of gratitude, and teach me to be quick to give thanks for everything. Thank You!
Gratitude in Action: Is pride hindering you from expressing joyful gratitude? Sit quietly before the Lord for a time today, perhaps even bowing your head down to the ground as an expression of your desire to humble yourself before Him. Examine your heart to see whether your attitude resembles a heart of humility or one of pride. For a helpful tool to get you started, download our Brokenness Bookmark, available on our site for free.
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