Periodically through the end of the year I wanted to post a quick a little blurb of thankfulness, gratefulness or blessings that ends with my challenge to you.
It is so important, especially in the world we live in today and the impending changes in our country, that we evaluate our perspective. No matter what kind of trials and challenges we are going through, there is always something to be thankful for, to be grateful for and to consider a blessing.
Will you share in this attitude and perspective focus with me for the next few months?
It’s easy in the hustle and bustle that will ensue to lose that viewpoint. We can also lose our joy when that happens because joy comes from the Lord and He has given us things to be thankful and grateful for and He pours out His blessings on us. When we focus on these three things, the focus stays on the Lord and WHO He is as well as what He has done rather than on ourselves. Our view of being thankful, grateful, and blessed should not always start in November. Honestly, it should be year round. We know this but do we apply this principle?
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Do you visit a blog, see a post on Facebook, love an idea on Pinterest or find an Instagram post from someone inspiring, useful, encouraging, well done, etc., and then do nothing about it? We’re all guilty of taking and not giving back, right? My challenge to you (& me) is when you use someone’s recipe and love it, when you read an encouraging article, when you use a tip somebody on the interwebs gave you, when it’s someone’s birthday or anytime you take-away something from someone on a site – give back. Give back by doing more than “liking” or clicking on the heart. Take a few moments (literally like ten seconds) to actually comment and let the person know how they blessed you or tell them why you are glad it is their birthday and say some genuine things about them. Maybe a two minute personal email to thank the person or offer up some encouragement? Maybe a recommendation to a friend and then let the person on the internet know that you recommended them.
Friends these little tiny acts of love go a long way to give someone a brighter day or maybe even week. Let’s take the time to give back this week and positively influence one another.
Having a perspective of gratefulness also has a profound effect on health and wellness!