Gratitude slows us down.
We have to pause to think. To appreciate. To name the very thing we are so grateful for.
Gratitude gives us perspective.
Tired of the same clothing? Or thankful we have something to wear.
Embarrassed at the rattle trap vehicle? Or thankful that we have transportation.
Gratitude changes our heart.
It takes the focus off ourselves and onto God.
Research has shown that we receive 3000 messages a day telling us that we aren’t happy, we don’t have enough or we aren’t enough. That’s a reason to make sure we are incorporating practices of gratitude into our lives to counteract these messages. Here is a place to start.
Some gratitude practices:
- Write a letter to someone expressing gratitude. Maybe an old neighbor, a teacher, a friend- someone you haven’t seen in awhile. Let them know the difference they made.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each day write five things you are thankful for.
- Sit quietly. Express gratitude for each sound you hear.
- Read Psalm 138. Let the words soak down deep.
- With a group of friends or around the Thanksgiving table with family, take turns answering these questions:
Name three of God’s gifts in this room.
Name someone who made a difference in your life.
Name something that made you laugh today.
What was your favorite part of today?
What two words would you use to describe the person on your right?
What are you grateful for today?