Recently our family enjoyed a ‘porch session’ where we relaxed in a local backyard and listened to Kim Churchill. At the end of the gig Kim was selling ‘gratitude journals’. My daughters were spruiking to me the importance of showing gratitude. On the way home we started discussing the concept of gratitude and why this is important. They mentioned an article that talks about gratitude literally rewiring your brain to be happier.
The article talks about 3 steps to becoming more grateful.
In times of hardship or stress it might seem difficult to be grateful. But if you really think about it, we all have something to be grateful for. If you engage in only one prayer, let it be simply a heartfelt “thank you”. Here are three easy ways to put yourself in the mindfulness of gratitude.
- Keep a daily journal of things you are grateful for—list at least three. The best times for writing in your journal are in the morning as your day begins or at night before sleep.
- Make it a point to tell people in your life what you appreciate about them on a daily basis.
- When you look in the mirror, give yourself a moment to think about a quality you like about yourself or something you have recently accomplished.
While I don’t disagree with what the article says I believe there is an important aspect missing.
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
So, let us give thanks with gratitude knowing that it is the work of the Spirit that provides us this wisdom to guide us with gratitude knowing who to be thankful for and what to be thankful for.