The practice of gratefulness changes ourselves and others. So. Each morning and night, I’m developing the routine of thanking God for one thing. And. I’m encouraging individuals, couples, and families to do the same. Some are taking the time to scribble something in a journal, others are posting it on Facebook, and, there are a few who are putting together personal blogs centered on gratefulness.
The thing is . . . gratitude is contagious . . . changing the way we relate to one another and how we see the gift of the day. When we declare our gratefulness, we find ourselves going in a direction of possibilities, focusing on the gift of the day, determined to win the battles, and impact the world we live in.
Yet, there are those who insist on focusing on the negative, filling their time with complaints, finding fault with others, spreading discontent wherever they go. It comes down to a choice of how we determine to manage the gift of life. One thing I know, we win the battle with chronic complainers and negative individuals by responding with an attitude of gratefulness. The Message says it well . . .
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way (Colossians 3:15-17, The Message).
When we refuse to enter into complaining and negativity, when we cultivate gratefulness, planting seeds of thanksgiving, when we intentionally thank God every step of the way, the world changes.
Change the world:
- Cultivate thankfulness in your personal life, in your relationships, at work and at home.
- Declare one thing you’re grateful for in the morning and night.
- Find a way to share your gratefulness–Scribble what you’re thankful for in a journal, write it on Facebook, start a blog, or just say it.
Get ready! The world around you will change when gratefulness is cultivated and God is thanked every step of the way.
Learning to Kickstart the day, by changing the world with gratefulness,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)