Technically, the day is pretty much done, but you’re supposed to be thankful all the time, right?
Last week I went out West to help my kinfolk with their website and the message of their mission (Mike & Irene Ritskes, check their first blog post here.) Many good conversations came out of our time together, as they usually do. One topic that seemed to come through as a thread woven into much of what was said was simply, gratitude. It hit me on the way home as I recalled some of what I had said.
I don’t naturally come across as a thankful person. I am, but it doesn’t always seem so. I think out loud, formulate ideas, and rehash moments. The story can seem negative without my noticing.
My key verse in life? The one I held to through many very negative times in my life? Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Yep, giving thanks. I think choosing this one was largely because I recognized I was prone to negative thinking early on in life, and it seemed to be all around me. I do remember making a concerted effort to make thankfulness a decision more than a hope.
So back to the ride home…I realized how blessed I am. But made it sound otherwise because of my worry and uncertainty in starting out on my own. The most prominent thought was how much I think about NOT having enough on my plate in the future, but seemingly having enough to keep me busy. Every time I have wondered if I would get another contract, have another workshop, or help another person through coaching, word of mouth has kicked in. My marketing campaign is largely crap, but people stumbling over my name and putting me to work, well that works like a charm.
There is much to be grateful for, especially when we think the plate is empty. For me, it seems I am placed much closer to how the most important needs are met, or how they have been met before.
Thanksgiving reminds me that we have much for which to be thankful. Family. Friends. Healthcare. A benevolent government. Grandchildren. Another day to call today. A story that continues to grow forward.
Gratitude today will change tomorrow’s outlook. Truly.