Be Thankful

How thankful are you today?

So often we see the negative things in this world, we complain when things don’t go as we expect. We find it easier to pick on the faults of others than to encourage, strengthen and build up through our words.

It’s so easy to focus on the things that aren’t going right, than to focus on the good things in life.

At home, when the kids were becoming grouchy with one another, I would stop and ask them to give me a reason why they were thankful for their sister/brother. Alan and I would join in too and very soon the atmosphere in the house would change.

I have also used this same question with Alan, particularly if he has had a difficult day.

Suddenly, our focus changes.

Colossians 3:15 says “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” If Christ rules in our hearts then we need to be thankful.

On my last birthday, my kids had their revenge and asked me to give 46 reasons why I was thankful. I did it and so can you!

So … I’m laying down the challenge: Find something to be thankful for every day for 7 days, let me know here and post it on twitter and facebook and let’s create a “thankfulness culture”!