For your weekend…

Gratitude has been a major theme for me this week. Perhaps it is because I’m facilitating another class on Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts or perhaps it is because I’ve yet to have a day when I haven’t received at least one email on the subject…or been swamped by  countless gifts of grace I’m aware of each and every day whether they make it to a list or not.

The attitude of gratitude is a wonderful gift all on by itself. Think about it: when was the last time you had a major conflict with a grateful person?!

As we’ve commemorated another anniversary of 9/11, we’ve all seen the footage of those brave first responders who ran into the danger instead of turning away and remaining safe. Lives are changed…saved…by that kind of heroism…every day.  We’re blessed to have those with such dedication and we should remember to express our appreciation whenever possible.

Actually, “Thank you!” isn’t a bad idea for more than just our brave men and women in uniform, our dedicated first responders or any number of other public servants. When was the last time you said “Thank you!” to your parents, a teacher, the person at the checkout line, the person who collects your money after you filled your tank with gas or brings your mail?

Well, the time has come! Take a moment or two this weekend and express your gratitude to someone who blesses your life by performing a usually unappreciated service…or by simply being! So many people have no idea how they have influenced us for good! Wouldn’t this be a great time to start letting them know? Who knows–you might find that you’ve done a bit of influencing of your own.

Just for fun, here are a few examples to get you started:

http://www.dailygood.org/story/178/11-amazing-thank-you-notes-from-famous-people-adrienne-crezo/

and if you’re still having a hard time being grateful, check out this:

http://www.dailygood.org/story/532/how-gratitude-can-help-you-through-hard-times-robert-emmons/

One of the many profound truths to be found in Voskamp’s book is the statement, “Thanksgiving always precedes the miracle.” She’s right. Gratitude opens doors…the doors of friendship, the doors of greater influence…doors that will lead us closer to who we were created to be.  It also opens the door to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God.  Yes, even HE likes to be told “Thank You!” once in awhile! (grin)

Who are you grateful for today? Write a note, bake some cookies, send some flowers, buy a balloon, perform a service in return–whatever!–but do it now. It is a fabulous day to be grateful!

Grace & Peace! (and lots and lots of gratitude!!)

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