Gratitude, Grit or Grouch?

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Take the quiz and find out which category best fits your answers

When it comes to life’s circumstances and what goes on each day, how do you respond with gratitude, grit or grouch? And is your response determined by your circumstance or by your character?

Here is a quiz to assess your response. Let’s start:

Question 1:You are in the 20 item line at Walmart with your two cans of green beans, one can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and one package of French Fried onions. The person in front of you has a full shopping cart of items. How do you respond?

A. Gratitude for the Green Bean Cassarole your family will enjoy.

B. Grit your teeth and wonder if the guy ahead of you failed reading.

C. Yell at the cashier, “Checkout Line Violation — 20 items! 20 items!”

Question 2:You receive a letter from the IRS, stating you will soon be receiving a $1,000 refund on your tax return, how do you respond?

A. Gratitude to live in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

B. Grit your teeth about the other $10,000 you paid in taxes last year.

C. Rip the letter to shreds while demanding more.

Question 3:You receive a letter from the IRS, stating you will be audited. How do you respond?

A. Gratitude to live in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

B. Grit your teeth, clench the phone and call your accountant.

C. Write your Congressmen an angry letter about tax oppression in the U.S.

Question 4:You are driving your daughter to school, and as you drop her off, the car in front of you decides to just park there, trapping you in the school parking lot. How do you respond?

A. You look out the window and give thanks for this time to stop and smell the roses and car fumes.

B. Grab the steering wheel tighter as steam comes out of your ears.

C. Honk your horn continuously until you sound out “move your car” in Morse code.

Question 5:You are watching your football team play on Sunday, and they win by a touchdown in a close game. How do you respond?

A. Stand up and start singing “Who Dey, Who Dey, Who Dey Say Gonna Beat Dem Bengals!”

B. Wring your hands over the game next week.

C. Call a sports radio station and complain how we should have won by three touchdowns.

If you had all B’s for your answers, you need to take a breath, chill out and relax. If you had all C’s for your answers, you may need therapy. If you had all A’s, you need to quit your job and go on tour teaching people about gratitude and thankfulness. If you had a mixture of A’s, B’s, and C’s, welcome to the club.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 declares “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Notice it does not say give thanks for all things, but in all things. How can a person give thanks in all things? Below are simple truths for every child of God to remember. All of these are found in Romans 8:

1. God is for you. Romans 8:31 states God is for you. He proved it when he sent Jesus to die for your sins. I sure like the idea of having Almighty God in my corner how about you?

2. God is with you. Romans 8:35-39 is a beautiful passage of scripture which declares that nothing can separate us from love of God in Christ Jesus. No circumstance can separate you from God. Not even Satan himself can separate you. God will never leave you.

3. God will work things out. Romans 8:28 says “...we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

God works the bad that happens in our lives into something good.

Try to remember these simple truths’ the next time you are in the checkout line in Walmart. May you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

If you do not have a church home, we invite you to join us at Ghent Baptist Church. Bible study starts at 9:45 am. And our worship service starts at 10:50 a.m. We also have a Wednesday night service called Oasis at 7 p.m. This is a contemporary service open to all people. May God’s richest blessings be yours this week! Love God and Love People.


Brother Graham Reynolds is pastor of the Ghent Baptist Church in Ghent, Ky.