Tuesday tip: A shortcut to joy is giving thanks – ALWAYS!
Just yesterday our family was taking a road trip. We spent about 6 hours total on the road. A little over halfway through the trip, my 6 year old said to me, “This is the worst day ever!” I quickly turned off the movie she was watching. She informed me then of how mean I am. Needless to say we had a little conversation that turned out to be a good reminder for all of us.
Life rarely hands us things in neat little packages. Sometimes, it’s messy and full of hard things. Because of this, often negativity works its way into our vocabulary and our outlook becomes clouded, which only perpetuates the mess. Around this time of year, we make an effort to voice our appreciation of things.
But how would our lives look different if we found reason to give thanks in everything. If the God we serve is truly good (and He is!), then somewhere, in whatever we’re going through, there has to be joy for us. We just have to choose to find it. When Paul said rejoice always, it wasn’t just a friendly suggestion. It was an instruction. He even repeated himself again in the same verse. Could it be that he had discovered a secret? Our peace and joy are linked to a grateful heart.
Back to the family story. We decided then and there that we would all find reason to be thankful in the middle of a long road trip. We thought of things we were blessed to share in that many do without. We focused on each other and not just our own personal preferences. As a result joy filled our vehicle.
It works! But the key is you can’t wait til you feel like it. Choose to rejoice always and the feeling will come. Take a moment today to find 5 specific things for which you are truly thankful. I dare you to stick to just five. May you discover that making the choice to be thankful leads to an avalanche of joy and increased blessing!
God, we thank you that every good and perfect gift comes from you. So we come to you with grateful hearts- not just for what you have done but in faith for the things yet to come. We trust you with our lives. Would you lead every woman reading this into greater dimensions of joy and increased blessing as we increase our awareness of your activity in our lives? In Jesus’ name.