If you have been following along for the past few weeks and decided to join in on the Gratitude Challenge which started on September 21, then you might be happy to know if that we are halfway there! Today is day 50 of 100 days of gratitude.
How have you been doing? If you have fallen behind, that’s ok. You can pick back up now. If you record 10 blessings each day, from now until December 29, you will have 500 gifts in your basket of goodness. And for those who have been consistent since we started, you already have 500 gifts written down.
On this gratitude walk we are disciplining our minds. It can be all too easy to let our focus look at the negative things in life. But Jesus came so that we might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Jesus wants us to have peace, contentment, and joy. The only way to truly obtain those things is through a relationship with Him.
As Martin Luther said, “The heart overflows with gladness, and leaps and dances for the joy it has found in God. In this experience the Holy Spirit is active, and has taught us in the flash of a moment the deep secret of joy. You will have as much joy and laughter in life as you have faith in God.”
But even when we commit our lives to Him, we still might not find happiness if we allow our minds to be filled with negative and worldly things. So we have to make an effort to discipline our minds on the positive things. We have to choose gratitude each day. When we wake up we can choose to thank God for a new day instead of grumbling about our shrilling alarm clock. When we go to bed we can choose to thank God for the blessings that we found in our day instead of focusing on the things that went wrong.
God created this earth, the mountains, the oceans, the animals, the birds, the fish, and even the bugs. But when He made human beings there was a big difference in our creation – our mind. We were given an amazing brain that we can use and steer each day. We don’t have to be victims of our thoughts. We have an opportunity to choose positive thoughts. And that is what gratitude is all about. Making a choice each day. I know it’s not always easy, but it is possible. I hope that whether you have been following along or not, that you will get back in the game now and continue for the next 50 days. I am praying for you along this journey.
… And don’t forget we have the Luke Bible study starting on December 1st!
© 2021 Bridget A. Thomas