Practicing The Art Of Being Thankful For What’s In Front Of You

Happiness Blossoms From Being Thankful For Normal Things

Lisa and John rang our doorbell right on time. They had booked a room with us through Airbnb about five days ago. I opened the door with a smile and jubilant greeting. “Yay! You made it. Welcome!” “We weren’t sure this was the right house because the address wasn’t clear,” Becky critically replied. I knew from that moment that we were in for a long three-day visit. We treated Lisa with kindness and love as we would any other guest. But her disparaging attitude, laying just below the surface. sure made it a challenge. She was not a happy woman best indicated by her lack of thankfulness. At times I felt sorry for her in between my own times of frustration and niggling thoughts. We’ve heartily welcomed all kinds of people into our home through our Airbnb “busnistry.” The most difficult ones were the ungrateful. 

This whole experience challenged me (again!) to become a thankful person. The ungrateful create an atmosphere of tension around them. To exude goodness, joy, peace, and happiness, the heart must become a thankful heart.

Here’s one way I’ve recently begun practicing thankfulness – saying “Thank you” for what is in front of me. Everywhere I go, in every moment, I see real reasons to be thankful. I can offer thanks for what I see or carry on my normal life taking for granted all that is around me. I’m not good at this. It takes some really intentional efforts. 

A couple weeks ago, I was out by my mailbox when the trash collector crew stopped to empty my 95-gallon trash can. I hollered above the noise of the dump truck to the driver and the guy grabbing the trash can, “Ya’ll do a great job. Thanks for your good service. Keep up the good work.” I don’t know if my thanks did them any good, but it sure made me happy.

By nature, I’m not a thankful person. I’m analytical, critical, judgmental, and a perfectionist. I’ve got a long way to go. But, being thankful for what is in front of me is helping change me. Thank God! 

I invite you to give the practice a try. Since you’re reading this – silently say thank you for your device, for the ability to read, for a mind to think, for the air you breathe, for the funds that helped purchase your device, for eyes to see, and yes, for The UnCommon Journey blog.  

Here’s some encouragement from the scriptures to keep at this: 

Let my mouth be filled with Your praise, O Lord, that I may sing of Your glory and honor all the day long. (Psalm 71.8)

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High! To declare your mercy in the morning and Your truth by night…For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy. (Psalm 92.1-4)

Be thankful for what is in front of you..and be happy. 

Dr. K 

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14 thoughts on “Practicing The Art Of Being Thankful For What’s In Front Of You

  1. Being thankfull every minute of everyday…thats the goal. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Have a blessed day

    • Hi Debbie. Keeping our eyes on Jesus will enable us to be thankful for all things. Thanks be to God for all things! Keith

  2. You’ve reminded me that I have so much to be thankful for. Recently my sister-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer. We are heartbroken. This diagnosis has certainly made me look at everything differently. Thanks for the reminder to be thankful for the little things. I’ll be practicing thankfulness as I seek to support my dear family member through this frightening and foreign journey. I pray that she will draw closer to God and he will give her comfort and peace.

    • Hi Terry. My heart breaks for you and your family. Liver cancer is a tough one. You will discover much for which to be thankful even in the midst of a very difficult situation. Pray for God’s mercy as all is in His hands. Would you be able to share her first name with me? I will join you in prayer for her. Thank you for sharing this situation with me. Blessings to you. Keith

      • My sister-in-law’s name is Jackie. I’m grateful for your compassionate reply would be very thankful for your continuing prayers.

        • Thank you, Terry. I am praying for Jackie and your family. When I pastored a church in So Cal, we had a woman in our church, Paula, who had liver cancer. We walked with that family for many months in their struggles and joys. Though at a distance, I will do the same for you all. Blessings on your journey with God. Keith

  3. I WRITE COMMENTS BUT NOT SURE YOU GET THEM BUT I AM VERY THANKFUL FOR THE CHILDREN THAT OUR LORD HAS GIVEN US. THEY ALL HAVE CONTRIBUTED GREATLY IN MY LIFE. THANK YOU, KEITH FOR THIS INSIGHT OF “THANKFULNESS”. YOU ARE AGAIN, ADDING GRACE AND BLESSING TO EACH OF US WHO READ YOUR BLOG. I AM THANKFUL FOR YOUR LOVE TO ME, YOUR MOTHER WHO LOVES YOU AND PRAYS FOR YOUR MINISTRY OF THANKFULNESS AND PRAISE.

    • Hi Mom. I receive all comments and reply to them. I am thankful for you as well. We are on this journey with God together helping one another as we are able. We have much right in front of us for which to be thankful. Love & Thanks, Keith

    • Hi Sandi. Yes. We have families stay with us regularly. Here is the link to our Airbnb page showing our ability to offer four rooms to our guests. Click here You are welcome anytime. If you’re seriously interested we’ll cut a “deal” for you. (I’ve never tried to use a link in my replies before. If this doesn’t work, let me know. I’ll email the link to you.) Thank you!! Keith

        • As I said, you all are welcome anytime (as long as we don’t have other guests:-)) Keith

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