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Word on the street: Have gratitude, not attitude

By Pastor Tumo Marabe | Aug 14, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 26 ]

Colossians 3:15 – “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

Living life with an attitude of gratitude is both healthy and Godly.

The Lord expects us not to be bitter, angry, scared and full of complaints, but to be joyful, peaceful bold and compassionate.

Being grateful is a choice. Thankful people realise and acknowledge that all good and perfect gifts come from God, and that He ought to be thanked for them.

Ungrateful people on the other hand believe that the world owes them something, that their social or economic standing, be it poverty or wealth entitles them to certain benefits.

These kinds of people are often critical. They ridicule, slander and proverbially ‘bite the hand that feeds them’.

What kind of person are you today? You must always remember that there is somebody who looks up to you so much that they will embrace and imitate what you do without thinking twice.

You carry a lot of influence simply because you are made in God’s image.

Therefore instead of criticising other people, let us publicly applaud and celebrate what they do right and privately pray to God to strengthen them in their time of weakness.

I’m sure that’s how all of us would love to be treated.

It begins with you. Think of at least three people who could draw strength and courage from your compliments.

Now I dare you to find them and congratulate them to their face. Let us begin a new trend of true positive living for our children. It is never too late to make a change.

Here’s something to help you get started:

Father God, today I take responsibility and decide to be thankful.

Thank you for my life, family, community and nation.

I am grateful for your Son Jesus Christ.

Help me see and take advantage of opportunities to be both thankful and affirming to others.

I love you because you first loved me. Amen

Pastor Tumo Marabe is the founder and leader of Rhema Pulamaliboho Ministries in Alexandra.


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I hope Sowetan bloggers read this and understand it.

Aug 14, 2014 7:40 | 0 replies


Hey sowetan what are you doing to me now :), we need more of these articles, it's so energising.I'm happy kuthi ngivuse isguqo once!

Aug 14, 2014 7:42 | 0 replies


Since when is SOWETAN a vehicle for this sort of thing. I object to having a particular religious view forced down my throat by a public newspaper.The sentiments are fine, but the manner in which they are couched is just wrong!

Aug 14, 2014 7:45 | 5 replies


They are not forcing you , majority rules, majority of bloggers are Christians.Don't like it,don't read it!

Aug 14, 2014 7:48 | 0 replies


Come on Oom Rob. When there are articles on homosexuals, you keep on reprimanding people for being homophobic and bigots.

Aug 14, 2014 7:53 | 1 replies


So, what's the difference? Being lambasted with cheap philosophy backed by some obscure text from a particular religion is just as biased as all those morons.

Aug 14, 2014 8:11 | 0 replies


Just don't read it, Robin. If it floats someone's boat and lets them get through the day, (and doesn't encourage them to go Bin Laden on the world) then it does no harm. They are all grown up (well relatively speaking) so it is up to them if they want to believe this or not

Aug 14, 2014 8:0 | 0 replies


Yes, Robin- Sowetan is supposed to be a non-partisan country newspaper, not a mouth-piece for lying cretins and scumbags. We are trying to get our people to refrain from this stupid non-existent god so they can focus on real issues- OUR COUNTRY THAT IS GOING TO THE DOGS. No wonder they voted for these crabs for another dreary 5 years

Aug 14, 2014 9:31 | 1 replies


God does exist baba but i will not get to that argument with you. not beleiving in him will not make him non existent. so if you beleive in nothingness its your choice but please do not insult other people. i for one appreciate the article, thank you sowetan!

Aug 14, 2014 9:52 | 0 replies


For the first time ever I agree with you old man

Aug 14, 2014 11:25 | 0 replies


Wait untill Skwamasamabonties and Mzabalazo sees this article.

Aug 14, 2014 7:47 | 2 replies
Aug 14, 2014 7:51 | 0 replies


Too right, if you think I'd let you come here to vomit drivel and amanga, you have another thing coming. I asked the other day: WHERE WAS YOUR BIBLE WHEN OUR HEROES WERE FIGHTING AT ISANDLWANA???? IS RELIGION AN AFRICAN IDEOLOGY??? DID YOUR PROJENITORS FOLLOW JESUS, MR PIOUS??? I invite you to come to the UK, and see how empty the churches are EVERYDAY, with exception of disused warehouses, converted to 'african' churches by some unscrupulous rich n!gerian thieves. All these lies are going to catch up with you one day.

Aug 14, 2014 9:37 | 0 replies


Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Amen and amen.

Aug 14, 2014 7:51 | 0 replies


AMEN we need these to lift our spirits especially in the environments we are working in and personalities we come accross with.

Aug 14, 2014 8:36 | 1 replies


Are you working at a government mortuary?

Aug 14, 2014 9:11 | 0 replies
Aug 14, 2014 9:14 | 0 replies


Well said Pasto Tumo!

Aug 14, 2014 9:23 | 0 replies


Good word and AMEN

Aug 14, 2014 9:33 | 0 replies


If your so-called god and allah are the same person, what happened (( when the ISIS thugs were chasing christians and burying women and children alive??? Where in the bible (or koran) does it say: CONVERT OR DIE??? If you come here to preach peace, why are you constantly fighting other religions for dominance??? Religion must be abolished!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 14, 2014 9:46 | 0 replies


There is an example in the Bible of a bitter Jesus whipping fellas in Jerusalem, inside a church.

Aug 14, 2014 10:14 | 1 replies


Really? Is that Senyaka's bible?

Aug 14, 2014 10:46 | 0 replies