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An Attitude of Gratitude

A pair of hands resting on top of a Bible.


An attitude of thanksgiving generates joy.

—Mark Jobe


What comes to mind when you think of the following people?

  • Hitler
  • Billy Graham
  • Princess Diana
  • President Nixon

Each of these people created a legacy, whether they intended to or not: some good and some bad. They impacted others with their words, thoughts, and deeds, leaving an impression for future generations. We too are impacting the world around us, even if we don’t realize it.

Spiritual legacies are when we leave a legacy of faith through the stories of our past and present walk with Jesus. My mom is a great example of someone who, whether she knows it or not, is leaving a spiritual legacy to her children and grandchildren by praying for them every day. The greatest gift you can give to those you love is to pray for them, as it will pay future dividends far beyond your time here on earth.

Even while in prison, the apostle Paul was leaving a legacy for his followers. Even in his circumstances, not knowing whether he would make it out of prison alive, Paul encourages and thanks the Philippian church, reminding them that having an attitude of gratitude is the key to having true joy in one’s life (Phil. 1:3–11).

In today’s message, I highlight the difference between joy and happiness. While happiness is dependent on everyday emotional highs, joy is more profound and deep, producing hope for the future. When we know this kind of joy in our lives, we will live with more confidence, more gratitude, more empathy, and more love. What kind of legacy do you want to leave?


Ministry Update from Mark

Today, I’m thankful for my friend and brother in Christ, George Verwer, who went to be with the Lord at the age of 84. George was the founder of Operation Mobilization, a global missions organization that he started while still a student at Moody Bible Institute back in 1957. God used his books and messages to stir my heart for missions, for which I’ll always be grateful. It is my prayer that his legacy will inspire many to go and serve others with the same spiritual zeal and passion for the gospel!


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