It can be but my gratitude I earn.

   The praise and accolades of others will have empty meaning if I do not appreciate myself. If I am doing what I am doing to seek approval, and do not have my own, it is meaningless. It is up to me to love and appreciate the Divine gift that I am. If I give appreciation to others for seeking something in return, then I truly am not giving at all. There are conditions attached to my gift. It is not given freely with pure intention.

   Today, I will be mindful of the gifts that I give, to myself and to others. Where is my heart? What purpose do they serve? As I continue to embrace the Holy Spirit into each moment in my life, I will walk with Him, talk with Him and He will show me all the treasures that are mine as I remember God.

   Today, I appreciate Who I am. I am as God created me. This cannot be repeated more than enough. The goodness and the kindness of Heaven lies past all the aspects that I have made.

   Today, I give with a pure heart and clear mind. Today, I will receive an abundance because it is only an abundance I give. No one else is here. It is just me. That is not a selfish thought; it is only the Truth. There is One Son. And I can either curse or bless. What shall I choose today?

Excerpt from Lesson 197 in our Journey Through the Workbook for Students: Divine Messages

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