As we enter into the Thanksgiving season it is a great time to reflect on the things in our lives that we are truly thankful for. It has been a trying time for many of us the past two years. Some have lost loved ones, lost jobs, lost relationships but what happens if we shift our focus on our blessings? Don't misunderstand me, absolutely acknowledge that some painful things happened, feel it, process it.
What does the Bible say about giving thanks? In Psalm 92:1-2 says "It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night." As we begin to put thankfulness and gratitude at the top of our daily routine we are amazed to see how much differently life looks. We become more positive, gracious, loving and humble human beings. It can truly transform your life.
1- Start a gratitude list - every morning choose 5 things you're grateful for and why.
2- Send a hand written thank you card to someone.
3- Be intentional with your prayers focusing on gratitude for what you have.
4- Listen with intent
5- Take a walk in nature and be thankful for God's creation
6- Bring dinner to those that nourish others
7- Post something inspiring or nurturing on social media
8- Invite a friend whom you're thankful for to coffee
9- Call someone just to say hello
10- Invite someone over for dinner
11- Reflect on things that have been difficult this year, and find something positive about it
12- Tell a teacher, coach or other significant person in your child's life - thank you.
13- If you have the means, fulfill a need for someone else
14- Practice not complaining for a whole day!! (This one is tough)
15- Tell your child, spouse or other significant person you appreciate something about them
16- Volunteer your time or talent
17- Celebrate someone else's success
18- Say please and thank you
19- Keep a journal for the things you are grateful for
20- Be there for someone you care about - put away distractions and really listen to them
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 tells us - "16) be joyful always; 17) pray continually: 18) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 19) Do not put out the Spirit's fire; 20) do not treat prophecies with contempt, 21) Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22) Avoid every kind of evil."
Hopefully, by adding just a few extra ways to show our thankfulness, we will grow in mindfulness, we will see our relationships flourish and we will strengthen our bond with God.
I wish you all the best: with thanks,