I was reading something today that reminded me of a portion of this passage that might be (or at least in my humanness) likely overlooked. "With thanksgiving..." How crucial this is! I am a woman drawn to prayer: regular conversation with God and intercession as well. I do try to remember to be thankful on a regular basis. But the more that I learn about my make-up, the more that I realize how prone I am to seeing the deficits. When I see the deficits, I am more likely to complain...or have a negative attitude. It's not lovely. I don't like it. But it's part of my nature. Therefore, it is all the more necessary that I become deliberate about thanksgiving.
It is not enough to " try to remember to be thankful "as I stated earlier. There must be action attached or it isn't living, breathing, and growing! As Brené Brown explains, " It seems that gratitude without practice may be a little like faith without works--it's not alive." And how can I possibly expect for my children to grow into truly thankful people unless they see this modeled in front of them? You can't see a belief or an attitude, can you? Well....most of the time you can't see an attitude...but that's a different blog post entirely! What you see are actions!
I have a gratitude journal that I write in semi-regularly; I keep it on my nightstand. I have recently decided that that simply isn't enough for me. I am making a choice to become more deliberate about recording thanks--or, counting my blessings--throughout the day and throughout the week. I have decided to record my thanksgiving in a journal that is downstairs also, where I can more readily access it. One of my hopes in doing this is that my children see my thanksgiving at work!
For Valentine's Day, we gave each of them a journal for recording their own thanksgiving. They were so excited! With the exception of one very systematic son, who must wait until the end of a day, they started writing immediately. It was precious to see!
I'm having Coffee For Your Heart with my friend Holley Gerth today