One Essential Practice That Guarantees a Good Day Today and Everyday

Being Christian Means Being Thankful

Like you, I am learning how to be a Christian. One of the Christian virtues I am in constant need of reminder is to be thankful for all things. Being grateful is a struggle for me. I find myself complaining about so much especially when things are not going my way. I have a hard time being thankful when my expectations are not met. Yet, when I make a conscious effort to be thankful for everything I see and experience, it makes for a good life. There’s no question it makes me a better person. I’d like to believe it helps me be a real Christian.

As a gift from God, I awoke this morning thinking about thankfulness. Immediately, while still lying in bed, I began to thank God for various things – Rhonda, my children, God’s mercies, a good night’s rest, light, a comfortable bed, a new day, and more. Everything I saw and everything I thought about was something for which to be thankful.

Studies have shown that there are great physical, psychological, and relational benefits to gratitude. Here’s an article I’d encourage you to read. (Click on one of these words.)

Do It! 

Here’s an effective exercise that will help you develop a grateful heart. Every morning, as you awaken, think of five reasons to be thankful – five things, situations, and/or people. Do this everyday and you’ll transform your heart, your day, and your life.

I know some people who write down the things for which they are grateful. They fill notebooks listing things. Though I’ve never done this, it sounds like a very beneficial way of becoming aware and intentionally living out thankfulness.

Scriptural Encouragement

giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5.20)thankful-people1

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5.18)

So, don’t just think about being grateful, do it. You have more reasons to be thankful than you can presently imagine.

Share your experiences of thankfulness below. Share your struggles as well, if you’re comfortable doing so. 

Dr. K 

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4 thoughts on “One Essential Practice That Guarantees a Good Day Today and Everyday

    • Thank you, Tim. It was such a delight to have you and Jill in our home. I so enjoy talking with you and hearing of God’s loving companionship with you on your journey. I hope we can enjoy one another’s company again sometime soon. Thank you for reading and engaging. Please help us spread the word about The UnCommon Journey. My love to you, brother! Keith

  1. For almost two years now, I have been blessed to be joined with three friends of mine from college days on a journey of ongoing gratitude. Since reading the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp one of the “girls” suggested we commit to being grateful, holding each other accountable for exchanging daily gratitude lists via email. While the lists are hardly a daily occurrence, they are coming and going every couple of days.
    It is uplifting and challenging to read what each of us considers a blessing. Most are quite obvious. We are all grateful for the good times. But, other things which have impacted our “Gratitude Sisters” are the death of a spouse, job losses, aging parent issues, etc. To date, we have all looked for and have found something to be grateful for during the hard times as well as during the good. Being widowed enables us to find new relationships where a casual friend suddenly becomes a bosom buddy, and a thoughtful and supportive one at that. Job loss is sometimes the only way to get to where God wants us to be working. Aging parents teach us how fragile is the life God gives us, and keeps us aware of our own mortality, grateful for every lucid moment.
    Today I am grateful that your postings come only a few of days each week, Keith. Anything that lands in my mailbox on a daily basis soon becomes overwhelming clutter and is ultimately ignored altogether.
    So far, I’ve been keeping up with your thoughtful posts. Thank you.

    • Thank you Karen for sharing your journey in gratitude with us. What a marvelous gift you’ve been given by these friends. You all’s (a little Southern slips out!?!) ability to be thankful in the midst of real challenges inspires me. Thank you for sharing. Right now I think of your father and how he so often reflected a joyful thankfulness. Thank you as well for your comments on The UnCommon Journey posts. There is a fine line we’re newly walking in this endeavor. I so appreciate your feedback. Blessings to you on your journey! Keith

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