Happy November 1st! Here it is… the month that we in the US celebrate Thanksgiving, and thoughts turn to expressing gratitude for all the things we’re thankful for in our lives. Of course, if this “Attitude of Gratitude” continued throughout the year, we might find it becomes a way of life to be more positive and thankful on a regular basis.
But why not start with one month? So here’s my challenge to you readers: each day this month, express your gratitude for at least one person, possession, event, or other detail in your life.
I started doing this about 3 years ago because my youngest daughter extended the challenge and she was posting her own gratitude thoughts daily on Facebook. In addition, I was motivated by a quote I read, asking something like, “What if the only things left in your life today are the things you thanked God for yesterday?” With few exceptions, I have posted my “Attitude of Gratitude” thoughts almost daily on my Facebook timeline, and it’s a rewarding experience.
In line with this idea, onto today’s devotions…
“During this Thanksgiving month,
I encourage you to take time each day
to thank God or something He has done for you.
Being specific about something each day
that is especially meaningful to you
will be a blessing to you…and to God.
There is so much in life to be thankful for,
and that’s where you need to keep your focus–
not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day.
Fill your mind with memories
that are true, pure, lovely, excellent, and worthy of praise.
Then express your thanks to God.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
This practice of expressing daily gratitude has been such a good exercise in overcoming negativity and focusing on the positive. Even when things are less than ideal, there is always SOMETHING to be thankful for on a daily basis.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you practice expressing daily gratitude? Will you accept my challenge and express gratitude every day this month (at least), on Facebook, on your blog, or elsewhere in your daily life?