A long time ago, after reading a blog post from Michael Hyatt, I decided to purposefully thank one person every single day. It was work at first–I really had to think who I was thankful for, and then make an effort to thank them either by email, or with a phone call, a letter, a small token of my appreciation.
Over the months, this little exercise changed me. I started to open my eyes more to find people and things I was thankful for. My smile grew a bit, my attitude lightened. I began to see the blessing of the Lord on my life in a new light. It was good.
But then, just like it can happen with anything else, my exercise in thankfulness became stale. It became routine, another thing to check off of my to-do list. A burden. And I never believed in doing things just so they get done, you know? I think our hearts should be completely involved in what we do. We want and need to be sincere. That’s the only way to go.
So I stopped looking for places to be thankful for. And life went on just like always.
It took several weeks for me to notice the difference. A grumble or two hanging around in my soul, a judgment about someone, a not-so-nice thought crossing my mind, a thickness around my heart… My eyes lost their skill at finding the good; my smile wasn’t quite as bright; my attitude got heavier. Sadness crept in. Not so good.
I had never realized the boomerang effect of thankfulness–I had practiced it for the sake of those I am thankful for, but it found a way to give me eyes to see the goodness of God all around, and it fed my own heart good meat, and potatoes, and vegetables; it made it healthy.
This thankfulness stuff is amazing.
And I wonder how many places we starve in our lives, or feed poison to, because of ramifications we don’t even see? Like bitterness, or looking for fault in everything?
And I wonder how many places we feed vegetables to in our lives, or grow without knowing it, because of ramifications we don’t even see? Like smiling, or looking out for someone’s good, or refusing to pass judgment.
God certainly knew what He was saying when He declared, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Our lives truly are a weaving, each thread completely affecting the next and the entire design.
The quilt tells the whole story, doesn’t it?
I started my thankfulness practice again.
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