1. to be grateful, feel thankful
2. give thanks
Eucharisteo is a verb. That means, it is a doing word. To be grateful and thankful is not a passive activity, but an active one. This tells me that eucharisteo won’t just come to me, I have to move.
I have to be aware, and search for the eucharisteo-worthy in my life. Because it isn’t that there’s nothing to feel grateful for. It isn’t that I have to look very hard.
It’s that I live in a world made to tell me I should want more. Always more. Always bigger, shinier, newer… More stuff, more status, more luxury… More, more, more!
And if my movement (verb) is towards that stuff that the world tells me I should want, then I’ll move right past the eucharisteo in my life.
So I have shifted course. My movement is now towards what is already here. I choose to be aware of all the blessings in my life, from the small to the big.
On some days, I am thankful that my curls stayed in place! That I even have hair to begin with and the time to play with it. Ah, the little things (or are they?)
On other days, I am thankful that God delivered me from alcoholism, and that I am healed. I am thankful for the roof over my head, the warm water in the shower, the loving boyfriend, and the good health I enjoy every day. Ah, the big, BIG things.
Have you experienced eucharisteo? What do you move towards? Is it the Lord, is it eucharisteo that moves you… or is it what the world tells you to want?
I hope it’s the former. I hope it’s eucharisteo.
Take care and God bless,