This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.—Psalm 118:24
This is the time of year we have set aside to give thanks to God for all of God’s many blessings.
A few weeks ago in church, I talked about doing a gratitude journal. Each day you are to write down three things you are thankful for whether it is small or big. The catch is that you are not to repeat anything that you write. It is a great exercise to see how wonderful our lives really are even if we are going through tough times.
Grab and pen and piece of paper right now.
What are you thankful for?
Being thankful for God the Creator, Jesus the Redeemer and the Holy Spirit the Sustainer is perfect way to begin.
Write down all the relatives that have been loving and supporting to you.
Write down all the friends old and new that have touched your life and made it better.
Write down the names of teachers you have had at church from Sunday School, Release Time, Youth Club, Vacation Bible School, Youth Faith and Action to Confirmation etc. that have helped you grow and learn in your walk with God.
Write down the names of pastors that have ministered to you over the years.
Write down the names of fellow church members that have role modeled how to follow Jesus from any church you have belonged to in your life.
Write down the names of teachers that inspired you from elementary school, middle school, high school, college etc.
Write down the hobbies that you are thankful for that you have participated in the past or present.
Write down the places that you visited in other towns, other states or other countries that you are glad you had a chance to experience.
Write down any gifts or talents that God has given you.
Write down your favorite food that brings you joy.
Write down any television shows or movies that have richly entertained you.
Write down memories you have of the beauty of nature.
Write down a favorite memory from a vacation that you took.
Write down jobs you have been thankful to do.
Write down the names of book that have been meaningful to you.
What if your favorite room in your home?
What is your favorite Bible passage?
What hymns or songs bring you joy?
Write down about time you have seen a prayer being answered.
Write all of these blessings down and lift them up to God and prayer. Let gratitude fill your heart, mind and soul. Then go out and be blessing to someone in your neighborhood, your community, your surroundings and share Christ’s love by doing a random act of kindness.
May you have a truly joyous Thanksgiving and may your gratitude over flow.
In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Scott Prouty