How to Choose Gratitude Through Your Day
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Are you still unsure about the whole cultivating gratitude thing?
I understand it can be tough to wrap your brain around, especially if you are in a challenging season. It can seem almost impossible to choose gratitude through your day when you don’t feel like it. The hard truth is we can actually choose to be grateful for something not based only on our feelings or emotions. While it can be very hard to be thankful in all things right of the start, we can learn to look at small things through our day to give thanks for.
Choosing just one random thing when you are struggling with gratefulness can be a great way to jumpstart your pursuit of gratitude. If you’re still on the fence about starting the practice of gratitude for yourself, I’d like to issue you a super simple challenge! Just for today, find one random thing in your world to be grateful for. This is a low-stakes activity. It doesn’t take much time or effort. Are you up for it? Keep reading, and I’ll show you how to choose gratitude today!
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Eph. 5:20
What to Look For When Choosing Gratitude
Mama let me encourage you, it really is possible! There are things to be grateful for, even on the difficult days. In fact, it’s even more impactful when you discover little rays of light in the darkest times. You can look for anything in your in your day that inspires you. A smile from a stranger, an extra long hug from your child, a kind word or a verse that speaks to your heart. Even if you are struggling with depression or anxiety God’s provision of the roof over your head could be your source of gratitude – I know it has been mine before. A beautiful flower or the leaves changing in the fall might be enough to influence your mood for the better. Find just one random thing today and give thanks for that!
Why Choosing Gratitude Through Your Day is Important
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” Marcus Aurelius
Ok, I know, let’s be realistic right? Taking a minute to notice one thing you’re grateful for today probably isn’t going to completely change your life. However, it could be a significant jump towards moving you in the right direction! This is especially true when you’re going through a difficult time. God has a lot to say in His word about gratitude and our thoughts. One example that we refer to consistently in our family is Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to be ungrateful when I am focused on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent or worthy of praise. Really any of those words can help me think of at least one thing I am thankful for. Turning a bad mood around, even just a little bit, by acknowledging one small good thing can be quite meaningful. Using this verse as a “filter” for what you are thinking about can help you focus on gratitude. It’s so important that we remember, our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviors – both in positive and negative ways.
Today’s Challenge – Find Something Random In Your World To Be Grateful For
Often in life, all it takes is one small step to spark major change. Yes “baby steps” do really work. Not only do they work, but every habit or practice begins with one small step. Taking a moment to be grateful for just one thing in your world today can improve your mood, lessen your stress and refocus your heart on the Lord and His goodness. Even just a little bit.
You may notice a weight is lifted from your chest or that some of your anxiety has eased. Pay attention to how choosing gratitude (even when you don’t feel like it) helps your perspective improve- even if it’s reflecting on gratitude just once today! This shift in your thoughts and attitude can influence your actions in a positive way (I bet your kids will notice!). And guess what? You might just find it’s a bit easier to find that one thing to be grateful for tomorrow.
So friend, ready to give it a try? Find one tiny spark to light the flame of gratitude today. Be intentional in noticing the effect it has on you. You may find it’s easier and more rewarding than you ever thought possible to begin to choose gratitude daily!
Did you take that step? Let me know!
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Talk to you soon,
O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul; You have redeemed my life.