I heard today's devotional through the filter of joy and Gratitude and it made me so eager to share with you.
The identity of God may not resonate for you and that is okay. In my upcoming book, Alchemizing Judgment: A Guide Back To Love, I explain how the core of everything is Love.
If you are like me, I did not have a true or healthy relationship with God for the first 30 years of my life.
Give this a read, strictly from love and see what lands in your heart. You could even exchange 'God' for 'Love' and see a new level of responsibility to be love in this world. Everything comes from and returns to Love.
"Cheerfulness prepares a glorious mind for all the noblest acts."
— St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
"The true reason for which God bestows so many graces upon the humble is this, that the humble are faithful to these graces and make good use of them.
They receive them from God and use them in a manner pleasing to God, giving all the glory to Him, without reserving any for themselves. ... It is certainly true that he who is humble is also faithful to God, because the humble man is also just in giving to all their due, and above all, in rendering to God the things that are God's; that is, in giving Him the glory for all the good that he is, all the good that he has and for all the good that he does; as the Venerable Bede says: 'Whatever good we see in ourselves, let us ascribe it to God and not to ourselves.'
To give thanks to God for all the blessings we have received and are continually receiving is an excellent means of exercising humility, because by thanksgiving we learn to acknowledge the Supreme Giver of every good. And for this reason it is necessary for us always to be humble before God.
St. Paul exhorts us to render thanks for all things and at all times: 'In all things give thanks.' (1 Thess. 5:18). 'Giving thanks always for all things.' (Eph. 5:20). But that our thanksgiving may be an act of humility it must not only come from the lips but from the heart, with a firm conviction that all good comes to us through the infinite mercy of God."
— Rev. Cajetan da Bergamo, p. 87-8 of Humility Of Heart