A simple, life-changing list
The idea came from a book I’m reading. The context came from a recent trip to Africa. And the implications could radically change your life.
It’s a simple list of your blessings. You know, those little things that make life enjoyable. If they’re good, they’re ultimately blessings from God, the source of all that is good. And reminding yourself of the good things God has given you has a powerful effect on the way you live your life today. Because it’s easy to live focused on the stuff that’s NOT good. Your job situation, your marriage, your old car that needs major repairs, or your parents ailing health.
I’m reading a book called, The Good and Beautiful God. And the author suggests a simple exercise of making a list of your blessings. So I’ve been doing that. It didn’t hurt that I just returned from a two weeks trip to Africa, where I watched people live without most of the things we think are essential for the good life. And yet they had joy. As I make my list each day, it changes something in me. I think it will do the same for you.
So why not start your list today. Try listing ten blessings. If you’re stuck, maybe some of the things from my lists will help you. Here’s a sample:
- Family and friends
- A comfortable bed
- A reliable car
- Bicycles (hey, what did you expect from me!)
- The Psalms
- Clean water
- Freedom to worship
- Wireless internet
- Air conditioning
- The smell of fresh cut grass
- Glasses that correct my vision
- Long summer days
I could go on…but you get the idea. Grab a pen and paper. Start your list today. Change your life forever. And let me know how it goes.
P.S. Join me this Sunday as we launch a new series, “When You Haven’t Got A Prayer.”
Posted on August 10, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
I realized my blessings the day you came up to me in church. Sometime after that I heard a phrase. This phrase I have adopted as my Motto “Gratitude and Attitude.”
Happy for your safe return.
“One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp is about this same principle – counting our blessings, literally giving thanks for everything not only because we are commanded to do so but becuase everything is grace. She chronicles how this very practice changed her outlook on life and her relationship with God. I have taken her one thousand gifts challenge, and so far this year have listed 700+ things and find myself much more focused on how God is blessing me. Giving thanks is truly changing me.