Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. (Melody Beattie, American author)
If gratitude is “the greatest of virtues” and “a key ingredient to joy” (see previous quotes), it’s good to recognize that it knows no time limits. As Beattie suggests, it has value in all of our life story. It should certainly give us a great sense of satisfaction to know that our expression of gratitude has influenced others yesterday and today and will continue as we remain thankful.
[God’s people] share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor. (Psalm 112:9)