Although the past week was mainly business-as-usual, I felt unusually stressed! School was piling up, my to-do list was growing at an alarming rate, relationships felt strained, and my hair would choose this week to not cooperate…it was as if I’d started walking around with a heavy backpack–the worry and discontentment were wearing me down and affecting my attitude. I became cranky, easily offended, nervous, and completely unpredictable. It would take more than chocolate and chick flicks to fix my emotional funk.
In Philippians 4:11-14, Paul says, ” I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”
How did he do that? Stay content in all circumstances, I mean. Helloooo! Paul was in prison for crying out loud!
As I pondered this verse, it dawned on me– Paul knew that he was living for Someone bigger than himself. He also knew that, the true secret to contentment, lies in knowing Jesus and praising Him in all circumstances–because Jesus is always good and worthy of our praise and thanksgiving.
I began to think about ways I could intentionally focus on being thankful and cultivating an attitude of contentment–despite my current circumstances (which seemed way bigger to me than they actually were!).
Starting on October 1st and ending on the 31st, I’ve challenged myself to write and deliver one thank-you note a day! Oh, yeah, and I’m not allowing myself to use the computer for any of the notes— relying on the old-fashioned pen and paper for this project! Hoping that, by doing this challenge, not only will I make 30 different people’s day, but I’ll also train myself to look for the good in all situations and to develop an attitude of thankfulness.
Why bother sharing all this with you? Well…because it would absolutely thrill my heart if you’d join me on this 30-day adventure! It will be tough–that’s the whole point of a challenge–but I have a feeling that it’ll be worth it. And, by doing it together, we can share updates and encourage each other to press on! SO, I hereby challenge Y-O-U to 30 Days of Thanksgiving! What do ya say?
If you’d like to learn more about 30 Days of Thanksgiving, check out the tab near the top of the page. Would love for us to do this together!
Who is one person that you’re thankful for?