When you are radically grateful for what you have, you will go to radical lengths to share it.

When you are radically grateful for being blessed — you are radically generous to the oppressed.

When you are radically grateful, you live out of a place of radical abundance — there’s always more space for more to share the grace.

And don’t confuse the idea of personal pride with radical gratitude. You aren’t actually thankful for something if you think you actually earned it. That’s pride, not gratitude.

You are only actually grateful for something if you see it as actually a gift — as an unearned gift that was bestowed unexpectedly upon you. That you didn’t earn it, that you didn’t deserve it, that you didn’t create it yourself.

That’s a radical paradigm: that no one receives anything unless it is given him from heaven. No one receives anything — not by work, not by worth, no by wit — unless it is a gift. There is only one category for everything that exists: Gift. Self-made men don’t exist — only God-given gifts.

When you’re overwhelmed with the goodness of God to you — you overflow with the goodness of God to others.

That’s what I feel burning me up: The radically grateful can never stand for injustice — because they are moved by radical grace. You can’t know grace and not be moved. Grace starts movements. Grace can be the catalyst.
(Ann Voskamp)

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