One Essential Practice That Guarantees a Good Day Today and Everyday
Like you, I am learning how to be a Christian. One of the Christian virtues I am in constant need of reminder is to be thankful for all things. Being grateful is a struggle for me. I find myself complaining about so much especially when things are not going my way. I have a hard time being thankful when my expectations are not met. Yet, when I make a conscious effort to be thankful for everything I see and experience, it makes for a good life. There’s no question it makes me a better person. I’d like to believe it helps me be a real Christian.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false”]
As a gift from God, I awoke this morning thinking about thankfulness. Immediately, while still lying in bed, I began to thank God for various things – Rhonda, my children, God’s mercies, a good night’s rest, light, a comfortable bed, a new day, and more. Everything I saw and everything I thought about was something for which to be thankful.
Studies have shown that there are great physical, psychological, and relational benefits to gratitude. Here’s an article I’d encourage you to read. (Click on one of these words.)
Here’s an effective exercise that will help you develop a grateful heart. Every morning, as you awaken, think of five reasons to be thankful – five things, situations, and/or people. Do this everyday and you’ll transform your heart, your day, and your life.
I know some people who write down the things for which they are grateful. They fill notebooks listing things. Though I’ve never done this, it sounds like a very beneficial way of becoming aware and intentionally living out thankfulness.
giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5.20)
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5.18)
So, don’t just think about being grateful, do it. You have more reasons to be thankful than you can presently imagine.
Share your experiences of thankfulness below. Share your struggles as well, if you’re comfortable doing so.