The Gratitude Challenge–Day 11

JFK

“As we express our gratitude…

We must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,

But to live by them.”

JFK

I have always loved words, and I learned a long time ago that words have power. They have the power to build up and tear down, but words are nothing without the action to go with them.

I love it when people tell me that they appreciate me or appreciate something that I’ve done, but I learned a long time ago that those words can be empty. They can be a hollow noise like an echo in a tunnel. Words are meaningless without the actions to follow them up, and that is when words are at their most harmful.

Making lists of things we are grateful for is great, but it is just one part in living a life of gratitude. It is the part that helps us learn to look for the good and see the blessings in every part of our life. Writing them down your blessings opens your eyes to what the Lord is doing in your life.

The other part of living a life of gratitude goes beyond the words, beyond writing it down. The other part of living a life of gratitude is about taking action and finding a way to give back, finding a way to share your blessings with others.

Who can you help?

What can you do to let others know that you appreciate them?

How can you serve?

People feel appreciated when the words are followed up by the actions. Figure out what a person’s love language is.

Match your actions to your words, and you will find that a change begins to take place within you. You will find yourself looking for different ways to serve.

Activity:

Look back on the 2 lists that you have made (the one of people you appreciate & the list of what you can do to give back). Choose some way to show your appreciation to someone on the list or choose a way to give back today.

Journal Prompt:

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“Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what is says.”—James 1:22 NIV

In what ways are your words not matching your actions? What do you need to do to change that?

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