Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. ~ Colossians 3:15 (The Message)
How’s your Monday morning going?
I know something that is better than a cup of coffee.
Take a few minutes to make a list of ten things you are thankful for—you may have to work to give thanks in some of my suggested areas, but it’s what God calls us to do. Will you join me?
My list is at the end of each line in parentheses.
The first three are easy. List the things that come quickly to mind—don’t stop to reason things out.
- ________________________ (my laptop)
- ________________________ (my family and grandkids live nearby)
- ________________________ (my church)
What about where you work or how you spend your days? Who do you spend time with? What can you thank God for?
- ________________________ (writing is my passion, and I get to do it daily)
- ________________________ (flexible schedule)
- ________________________ (Veel Hoeden people—a great place to have an office)
What about your neighborhood, town, state, or country makes you thankful?
- ________________________ (Pella is a community full of friendly, helpful people)
- ________________________ (Expressing my Christian faith in U.S. does not endanger my life)
Is there someone in your life right now that is driving you crazy or giving you grief? Can you come up with one reason why you are thankful for that person? (Don’t use names—you know them; we don’t have to. Just picture them in your mind and find something to be thankful for.)
- ________________________ (he is/was a catalyst for me to stop and listen for God’s voice)
Hate Monday mornings? Hate mornings every day? Or is it the lonely evenings that are your nemesis? Or maybe lunch time when you sit alone again. Give thanks for one thing about your worst time of day.
- ______________________ (an understanding spouse who accepts me as I am)
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