The Gratitude Challenge–Day 5

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“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”—Colossians 3:17

It is an interesting thought, isn’t it?

This idea that we are to give thanks to God in everything we do and that whatever we do is supposed to be done in thanks to God

Whatever we do, whatever we say, is to come from a heart filled with gratitude to the One who gave us everything.

But yet how little I actually do that.

Take yesterday for instance. I had a choice to make about gratitude although I didn’t recognize it at the time. I could have chosen to be grateful that I was able to accompany my grandmother to her doctor’s appointment, or I could have chosen to see it as an inconvenience (even though it really wasn’t). I felt grateful up until Grandma sat down in the wheelchair and expected me to push her in the wheelchair while carrying her walker, my purse, and her health journal then it became an inconvenience. I had a choice on what I could place my focus on, and what did I choose? The inconvenience

And I do that so many times.

But how different would my life look if I choose to focus on Christ and that everything I did flowed from that gratitude to Him? If I were living my life out of gratitude to Christ, then I might not have seen the wheelchair incident as a inconvenience. I might have in that moment seen it as me living love for my grandmother.

How differently would I have felt and reacted then?

Activity:

Find a book to read on gratitude. Learn about how cultivating a heart of gratitude has influenced other people’s lives and how it can affect yours.  Here are a couple of books that I recommend:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Journal Prompt:

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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all thing in your gratitude.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Name one thing that you are doing or are going to do to cultivate a life lived in gratitude.

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