“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7).
The other day I listened to a powerful radio-show podcast on gratitude featuring R.T. Kendall. Kendall encourages listeners to intentionally pause and reflect with gratitude through the practice of journalling. “What I do now every day,” Kendall explained, “is read my journal from yesterday, go through every item, and thank the Lord for every little thing. Do you know how long it takes? About 20 seconds.”
What an easy, meaningful practice! Kendall is a journaller like me in the sense that he likes to record and describe all sorts of thoughts and events in a given day. But God made us all different — and for some, the idea of all that writing is just not a good fit.
Another very, very simple way of keeping a gratitude journal is simply committing to write just one (or maybe just three) items each day that you’re thankful for.
Even if you are unable to keep a journal long-term, perhaps you can commit just for this week to create a short list of “thank yous” to God. If you’re willing to commit just 15-minutes to prayerful gratitude-journalling, I can guarantee your list will NOT be short!
Ah . . . so, so much to receive, to treasure, to be grateful for.