The Grateful Heart

LUKE 7:37–38-- And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head;
and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.

God has joy in our gratitude, not because He needs us to thank Him, but because He knows the grateful heart is healthy.

People who knew her would have said the woman who washed Jesus’ feet was morally sick. But they
couldn’t know that Jesus and His grace had brought her hope and reason to live. Her gratitude gushes out with her tears, or her “heart water,” as Martin Luther calls them.

The alabaster vial full of perfume shows the extravagance of her gratitude. Her humility in letting down her hair and bathing the feet of the Carpenter shows the depth of her gratitude. But the woman doesn’t care about any embarrassment. Her heart so overflows with thankfulness that nothing else matters.

Consider the things you get depressed over not having. Let them bring to mind what you do have, and give God the sweet fragrance of your “thank You.”

Spiritual Heart Focus

Thank God as His child for lavishing your life with blessings. Thank Him for specific things.

Physical Heart Focus

In addition to your spiritual journal, keep a diet and exercise journal where you record goals, experiences, and results.