I don’t know about you, but this is changing me.
God is doing a deeper work in my life through this 21-day adventure. Two years ago, when it was just me and God doing this, he taught me the power of living a life of thank you.
This time he’s teaching me the joy of it.
The other night Richard and I were talking about a tough couple of days that he had in his job. Even as he shared, the Holy Spirit showed us the good tucked in those tough days. What might have been a heavy conversation somehow ended in gratitude.
All this week we are going to talk about things that get in the way of living a life of thank you.
My problem used to be that I forgot to look for the good tucked in the hard places.
There are many barriers that can get in the way.
A friend is fasting social media because she was feeling especially negative, and didn’t know why. As she prayed, she felt God leading her to fast social media for 40 days. For the first few days she felt a little lost.
Was she missing anything good?
How would she keep up with everyone?
After a few days she settled into the quiet. She had an opportunity to hear the Lord speak, instead of a thousand voices through social media. She realized that there were some important things that got pushed to the side as she scrolled one more time, made one more post.
It was refreshing to see someone in the grocery store or church, and not to know every single detail of their life (especially the negative). She also didn’t realize how social media was impacting her sleep, the blue light shining in her eyes each night as she lay in bed.I can do all things through God who gives me strength. Phil 4:12-13 #livingalifeofthankyou… Click To Tweet
Social media had become a barrier to living a life of thank you. She plans to come back online soon, but due to her 40-day fast, social media will receive a lot less priority.
Now, don’t worry. I’m not asking you to fast anything, but I am asking that we look at the barriers that get in the way of thankfulness.
All this week we’ll look at different barriers. We’ll have some fun as we do it.
We’ll knock down barriers and we’ll settle into contentment.
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. Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
What is the secret?
It’s not the situation. It’s tapping into the Source.The secret to contentment is not our situation; it is our Source. #livingalifeofthankyou… Click To Tweet
Will you ask the Holy Spirit to show you any barriers that might stand in the way?
Even as I write this, I sense him showing me one more amazing gift he wants to give — if I’m willing to break down one more barrier with his help.
Let’s do this!
Day #11 of Living a Life of Thank You
This week we’ll step into a couple of fun challenges.
On Wednesday we’ll have a 24-hour no-complaint challenge, complete with fun pictures. On Thursday, we’ll share pictures and stories of what it means to live selfless in a selfie world. We’ll even have a couple of giveaways!
- Today, spend a few moments alone with the Lord.
- Ask him to reveal any barriers that might stand in the way of living a life of thank you. Whatever it might be, you are not alone as you take spiritual aim and begin to knock down that barrier.
- Read Philippians 4:12-13.
- What is one way to tap into your Source?
Father, thank you for revealing that barrier. It’s not greater than the gift you are trying to offer. Show me how to begin to break it down, with your help. I’ll happily go where you lead.
- Contentment (or not) is our confession
- 5 Scriptures for when you feel stuck
- Are you bored with faith?