This challenge was harder than I thought. Who knew taking a few minutes to write “thank you” could be so difficult?! Admittedly, I did miss a few days near the end of the challenge–BUT I still learned a ton, and that was the entire point! Hurray for learning!
Allow me to summarize what I learned from our Thanksgiving challenge:
1. Even the smallest of things can be a big deal in somebody’s life.
We humans have a tendency to take things for granted, especially the small stuff. This challenge helped me realize and appreciate the little (and wonderful) blessings I’m surrounded by every day. Like my friends who always laugh even if my jokes were dumb, or the little kid who gave me a scribbled stick-figure drawing, or my teacher who patiently repeats Algebra 2 concepts over again and again until they finally “click”. By looking for people to thank, I became more aware of all of these little blessings–and realized how much they really mean to me.
“This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”~Psalm 118:24
Even if I was having a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day–when I chose to find something positive to thank someone for, I noticed a slight change in my attitude. 30 Days of Thanksgiving helped me better understand that, my attitude is something I can control–it’s a choice. Still need a bunch of practice, but I’m beginning to learn more about intentionally having a positive attitude. This doesn’t mean that I always slap on a happy face–but it DOES mean, that I don’t allow myself to wallow in self pity and emotional funk. Instead, I’m learning to pick myself up, take it to God, and see what I can do to help the situation. Productivity versus negativity.
3. Words are powerful.
It’s so simple, yet SO true. God designed us to be moved by words–that’s part of the reason we’re commanded to exhort and encourage each other (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Words and language are a gift from the Lord, and when I use those gifts to uplift and bless another person, I’m not only building them up, but I’m also glorifying Christ! Words are a BIG deal, and this challenge helped me learn more about stewarding them wisely.
Anyway…that about sums it up! In and of itself, 30 Days of Thanksgiving really isn’t anything spectacular--it’s the attitude behind it that is key. Whether or not you chose to participate in this challenge, you can still learn so much just by intentionally choosing thankfulness. Attitude is a choice…and YOU are it’s boss!
What is one way you can practice choosing thankfulness today?