Exercise Attitude of Gratitude

Every Saturday at 8 a.m. we meet at church for our career support group, but last Saturday was different.

60 seconds of thankfulness

Everyone was ready with pencil and paper or computer. We all had to write a list of things for which we were thankful, as fast as we could, for 60 seconds.

The timekeeper warned us, “On your mark, get set, go!” Ten of us took off, pushing our pens (and keys) as fast as we could.  Another warning, “30 seconds!”  Then there was the countdown: “5, 4, 3, 2, 1, stop!”  Whew!  Everyone was smiling, a couple were laughing.

We went around the room sharing.  There were thanks for wives, husbands and children.  Lists included food, clothing, shelter and jobs.  My favorites were socks and not getting mad at 13-year-old daughter for piercing her ears.  I especially liked the thanks for feeling better after counting blessings.

Only 15 minutes lapsed since we started our meeting, and everyone’s spirits were lifted. Attitudes were filled with gratitude.  Somebody said, “I did not realize how much I have to be grateful for.”

30 seconds of thanks giving

“We often celebrate thanksgiving, but we do not actually give thanks.  Take 30 seconds and write as many names as fast as possible of people for whom you are thankful. Be sure to include people from work, past and present.”  Pens and keys started flying again.

Finally came one last instruction.  “Tell everybody on your list some version of…”

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you . . . Philippians 1:3

We could text, call, email or send a web e-card.  Perhaps go postal and send an actual pen-on-paper note or card.  Maybe show and tell people in person.

One suggested we could give thanks every day.  The Apostle Paul agrees:

In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Tell me about your Thanks Giving.  For whom or what are you thankful to God?


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