“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Paul knew a thing or two about thanks-living. He faced some pretty tough circumstances and even managed to be cheery in prison. Seems like his tri-fold admonition is a potent recipe for experiencing a daily attitude of gratitude.
How about a little thanks-living challenge this week? As you ponder St. Paul’s words, live them out by doing these three things:
1. Find reason to laugh and be joyful each day.
2. Pray as often as you’re moved to do so during the day. It doesn’t have to be formal and fancy, just a conversation with the Creator at any time in any place.
3. Finally, find at least one (but hopefully more) reason to give thanks and/or say thank you to someone every day.
Are you up for the challenge? Here’s a little incentive…
Sometime between now and next Sunday (12/18) post a response to this blog entry about your experience with the challenge. If you do, you’ll be entered in a random drawing to win a package of DaySpring thank you notes (a handy thing to have this time of year). Each response is one entry, so feel free to post throughout the week. If you’re not already a subscriber, you’ll need to post your e-mail so I can let you know if you’ve won.
Have a great week of gratitude and thanks-living!
Photo by tshien used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!