Day 1 of 30 Days of Gratitude
After a few reminders, clues, nudges, signs and messages directed towards me in various forms, I’ve decided to shift my focus to thankfulness and embark on a journey of gratitude over the next month.
I hope to practice beyond the 30 days, but for now, I will share some of my personal experiences in a bid to strengthen my belief in the power of gratitude and, hopefully, encourage others. Our day to day existence, challenges, unexpected events, pain, struggles, and negativity often blanket and influence how we see things. As a result, we become ungrateful as we find more reasons to complain, blame others as fear becomes our companion. The more we have something to worry about, the more we engage in unhealthy vices to cope with the increasing negative emotions. Result? We become even more resentful. The more miserable we become, the more we become impatient, angry, and demanding, even in our prayer lives.
We become discouraged, stuck in a vicious cycle that keeps us trapped in mediocre lives and experiences. I hope by writing and sharing some of the things that I'm grateful for, I will be able to reflect on my journey and focus on my personal growth. Although I haven't been putting my thoughts on paper, I've been geared towards the concept of gratitude.
I hope that as you read the short essays focusing solely on tales of gratitude, you, too, will be encouraged to do the same and maybe share your experiences with others.
What is gratitude?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, gratitude is, “the feeling of being grateful.” That sounds too simple to even comprehend, so the deep thinker in me has gone on a quest to find what gurus before us have discovered about thankfulness.
Here are a few quotes on gratitude for your inspiration:
Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.
Gratitude is riches. Complaints is poverty.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
Now that we're comfortable knowing that gratitude is a powerful force that even famous people acknowledge, let's take a look at the most outstanding teacher of them all, the Bible. I am aware that some people will see a Bible verse and immediately switch off. However, we wouldn't be doing ourselves any favours if we chose to ignore wisdom from the Bible.
You may be surprised to learn that the Bible is packed with stories about the beauty of giving thanks. We understand that simple acts of gratitude please God, and when He is pleased with us, the Lord will do more for us. Isn't that wonderful? Imagine being a parent to a child you love with all your heart and would do anything to make sure that they live a good life. But the child rarely takes notice of what you do as a parent. The child rarely engages with you, and when they do, they are complaining about the things that they don't have, without even acknowledging what you've done for them. When they get in touch, you will know that they are either in trouble or want something. Would you be encouraged to give them more despite their ungrateful attitude? Wouldn't you feel inclined to say NO, to teach them essential lessons?
For this article, I will choose one verse:
2 Corinthians 9:10-15 (NIV)
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us, your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you, their hearts will go out to you because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (Source - Bible Gateway)
Sharing tales of gratitude glorify HIS name and encourages others to do the same. That's my hope as I embark on the Gratitude Challenge 2019.
Without further ado, let's move on to today's gratitude list. Because gratitude is a personal experience that I'd encourage each and everyone to cultivate, I will not share deeply personal things. However, I will try my best to deliver as much inspiration as possible, based on my day to day and past experiences. If you don't mind typos and grammatical errors, please join me on my gratitude journey over the next 30 days. My freditor won't be able to keep up with the articles due to other commitments, but what I will share with you is coming from my heart, straight to yours.
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