always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Ephesians 5:20 (NIV)
Do you start your day with an Attitude of Gratitude?
Is your day all about you and what you want to get accomplished?
Have you taken the time today to thank the One who has given you all the blessings in your life?
I know, I know…it can be something that just “slips our mind”. We have good intentions, but life happens and we forget to stop and thank the Creator of the Universe for all the abundant blessings in our life.
Oh, you are shaking your head and saying, well, Melissa, you don’t know what my family is dealing with, or you have no idea how hard things are right now, and you know what…you are absolutely right, I don’t know, but He does. On top of that I bet that even in the midst of the trials that you are experiencing right now that there ARE things you can be thankful for. Right?
We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. -Charles Swindoll
Listen friend, I am not in any way shape of form discounting what you are going through in your life right now. Believe me, I am in the midst of weathering some storms as well, but you see, I am not focused on the storms, I am focused on the One in charge of it all.
It would be very easy for me to sit back and crawl back into a pit of despair, but guess what? I’ve chosen to stop that cycle…I wake up each and everyday with an Attitude of Gratitude.
We have each been given so many great and abundant gifts. Sometimes it is just a matter of stopping the cycle long enough so we can COUNT OUR BLESSINGS. What better time to start something like that then right now.
Each of us has things in our lives that we are thankful for, but often time take for granted. What if you and I decided to STOP taking those things for granted and started showing those we love just how much we appreciate them, starting each day with a prayer of Thanksgiving to God the Father.
The best gifts to give: To your friend, loyalty; To your enemy, forgiveness; To your boss, service; To a child, a good example; To your parents, gratitude and devotion; To your mate, love and faithfulness; To all men and women, charity. -Oren Arnold
Let’s be brothers and sisters in Christ that are just like in Colossians 2:7 (NIV) where we are “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Here’s my challenge to you this week;
As we celebrate Thanksgiving take some time to start a Gratitude Journal (I’d love to see pics of them if you would care to show them to us). Take five (5) minutes EVERY day to write down five (5) things you are thankful for.
Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise–then you will discover the fullness of your life.-Brother David Steindl-Rast