Have you seen the Facebook Thanksgiving Challenge that’s going around? I think it’s an awesome thing. Folks are challenged to be grateful each day of November and post a short “status update” of thanksgiving each day.
Whether you’re doing this challenge or not . . .
Whether you use social media or not . . .
I’m going to challenge you to go beyond that. Years ago I took a writing course that was supposed to help us to set and meet goals. The first thing the teacher (Margie Lawson) encouraged us to do was start a journal. (You’re groaning if you’re not a “journal-er” and you’re clapping your hands if you are.) It’s much simpler than you think.
Buy a 79 cent spiral notebook. I prefer the smaller ones rather than the full size pages. A full size page is WAY too big. Each morning when you get up, take the time to write the date, how many hours you slept, and five things you’re grateful for. If you want, under that you can put your goals for the day. Writing how much you’re sleeping helps you to see if you’re running behind and need to go to bed early! But the key is the gratitude. It takes 5-10 minutes and it will focus your day in ways that will surprise you.
This isn’t a new idea. Is it? This didn’t all start in 1621 at Plymouth. It didn’t even start in 1863 when President Lincoln made it an official holiday. Nope, I’m pretty sure it started with King David.
“Give thanks to the lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” ~Psalm 118:29
“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving.” ~Psalm 69:30
Open your Bible to the Psalms, or read them here. Over and again, David reminds us to give thanks. So this year, instead of a November challenge, how about we make a life-long challenge to be grateful — truly grateful — for all that God has done. How about it. Are you up to the challenge?
— Vannetta Chapman (@VannettaChapman) November 14, 2014