I became a gratitude buddy and here’s what happened:
The other day my BFF of 20+ years asked me a question, “Want to be my gratitude buddy?” At first I was like, “A WHAT?” Once she explained it I was willing to give it a try. She told me that in the past she used to keep a gratitude journal. The idea is to write three things you’re grateful for in the morning then three at night. When you write them and read them back to yourself, it’s supposed to help encourage you to begin and end your day on a positive note. Over the years I’ve heard that keeping a gratitude journal can help lift your spirits. I was never on board because I’m not much of a journaling person. Since I love to write, you’d think I’d be all about it, but still, I’m not. So when she told me that I would just need to simply tell the three things to her each day, I was definitely willing to give it a try.
It’s been less than a week, but I wanted to share what’s happened. The first thing I’ve noticed is that it’s started my day on an immediate up. Think about it, every day you have your goods and your bads and your ups and your downs. Sometimes you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, or with a headache, or you just had a hard night before. Starting off my day listing the good stuff sets me towards a thankful mindset. Secondly, I’ve found it to be a way of praise to God. Really, the things I am thankful for are things I know God has provided and allowed. Sometimes my prayer life can be one where I’m doing more asking than giving. More prayer than praise. This practice has already begun to strengthen the worshiper in me. Thirdly, it’s proven to be a part of faith building fellowship in community. When we gather even with one other person to testify of what God is giving you and doing for you, you can’t help but build your faith. If you’d like to kick off your holidays and end your year on a positive note, I recommend grabbing a gratitude buddy today and giving it a try. Like me, you’ll be thankful you did.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
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