Several years ago, Nancy Leigh DeMoss wrote a book called Choosing Gratitude. I wonder what other titles she considered: “Falling into Gratitude”? “Embracing Your Natural Bent Toward Gratitude”? “When Gratitude Just Won’t Leave You Alone”?
Gratitude is a choice, and not typically one that is knocking my door down. Because I subconsciously know I’m unacknowledged royalty and should be worshiped and obeyed without question, I’m apt to complain when I don’t get my way. And when things do go well, I think, “Yeah, now that’s more like it!” The continuum moves from complaining to satisfied neutrality. Where in the world is gratitude? Its absence is concerning–and revealing.
Do you identify?
If so, join me in this super-quick gratitude exercise that will reboot our complaining brains. I promise. It takes less than five minutes, so yes, you do have time. Not to mention, Psalm 103:2 reminds us to: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
- Set a timer for 3 minutes.
- Write or type as quickly as you can as many things to thank God for as you possibly can.
- When the time is up, run your eye down the list and thank God for each item.
I know it’s easy. You’ve seen it before. You can do it in your head. You really are a pretty thankful person. Yeah yeah yeah. Me too.
But there is something about remembering the vast benefits of God to his undeserving people that straightens us out. It reveals how kind our Father has been to us and ushers us into worship. It moves our eyes off the heap of unsolved problems and onto our generous God and an eternity of promise and joy and blessing. Not a bad place to end up on a Monday morning!