Posted by: TLC Fellowship | August 16, 2017

Gratitude

“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” – PHILIPPIANS 4:12–13

I’m not sure if the TLC blog is for self-reflection, sharing, caring, or what.  I do know that it provides an outlet for something.  For me, today, it is self-reflection and sharing.  I pose a question to each of us – WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?  If I answer the question without hesitation I would say I was grateful for everything in my life.  Everything!  My life, my health, my mental capacity – which some would argue isn’t that strong, my family, friends, strangers I meet, the ability to stand and walk.  I can breathe, laugh, cry and sleep in a room with a roof.  All are important, right?  How about if you looked at those things in your life that you don’t appreciate, are you grateful for them as well?  I try to be.  I think if we look at those things that don’t make us smile and feel happy we would see a whole lot of other things to be grateful for.  For instance, I got into my truck looking for a pair of sunglasses that I had allowed to fall to the floor a few days ago.  After locating the sunglasses, I moved to step out of the truck and felt a definite pull in the area behind my knee.  Pain radiated from my knee to my toes.  As I hobbled back into the house I issued a few ‘foreign words’ toward myself and the pain.   For a few minutes, I could not walk without hobbling.  I had to take a seat as the pain ran its course.  Finally, as the pain eased so did my anger.  It was as if I was being admonished to slow down.

I am constantly moving about.  I just completed my last class toward my degree and instead of taking a day or two to relax, I’m running errands, trying to help others, half cleaning my bedroom- which needs a bit of attention, cooking, moving furniture, and on, and on, and on.  I stay up late and get up early feeling so tired that I end up back in bed and oversleeping.  Then, I get up and start running on that treadmill called life all over again.  ENOUGH!  What I fail to do is find the time to be still and be grateful.  How about you?  Do you look at those little mishaps or inconveniences that occur in your life as a nuisance or as a tap on the shoulder to get your attention?  When you’re stuck in traffic are you angry because you are going to be late, hate to be in traffic, or just upset because folk cannot drive?  What about that unexplained feeling of lethargy, or maybe even moments of depression?  Do you ever stop to think that maybe God is slowing you down because you don’t have enough sense to be still? Hmmm.

Being grateful for every moment of your life, no matter whether it is good, bad, or ugly – know there is a reason.

So here’s the challenge:  Every night before going to bed think about four things that happened during your day that you are grateful for.  And remember, they don’t all have to be obvious things.  Give it some thought.  Tonight I am going to write down my knee issue and why I am grateful for the pain.  There are so many reasons. One for sure reason is that it made me slow down.  I had to stop and breathe because the pain was too great to keep moving.  Even now as I write this blog I can feel the twinges of the pain in my knee.   My plans were to paint my bedroom, remove my carpet, and make a bench for the family room.  I still plan to do these things, but not today.  Today I am just going to take care of the pain, sit in my favorite chair and make that To Do list that will be my road map for the next two weeks.

I’m also going to begin my day with prayer.  Offer prayers and thanksgiving throughout the day, and when I prepare for bed I am going to make my list.  Finally, I am going to end my day with a prayer of thanksgiving for EVERYTHING that He has allowed in my life.  I use to be in a choir that sang a song entitled “It’s Right…” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OF5PgFdCmc .  I absolutely miss singing this, but the words are timeless.

Prayer: Thank you Lord, for everything!

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – JAMES 1: 2-4

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