Developing a Daily Thankfulness


We all get excited about many of our holidays because we are able to spend quality time with those we love and we usually share a delightful meal together.  However, after all of the festivities, What’s Left? (click link)

Along with the beautiful relationships nourished, I believe we should walk away from this Holiday with a greater sense of daily gratefulness.  We know Why We Should Give Thanks (click link), but now how can we develop a daily thankfulness?

Acknowledging The Less Obvious

Everyone knows that repetition is the key to being good at anything in life.  There is no difference when it comes to being thankful.  We need constant reminders daily to help with our thankfulness.

"We are truly thankful when we stop taking things for granted."

Most of us are thankful for those things within our lives such as your family, money, home, cars, job, etc.  These are visible blessing.

However, are you thankful for those things that are just as important, but less obvious?  For example, do you stop to give thanks for the air we breathe?  Are you thankful for our 5 senses?  How thankful are you for your heart and the blood it pumps?  Are thankful for your health?  How do you feel about waking up in the morning and being able to open your eyes?

I’m not perfect.  I will admit I take these things for granted at times, but we all must do a better job of remembering these less obvious gifts.  Why?

There is someone somewhere in need of a healthy heart or air to breathe.  So, stop taking these less obvious gifts for granted.

Challenge: Make a list of those things you are thankful for that some may consider less obvious.

Attaching Daily Reminders of Thankfulness

I believe it is a good thing to have daily encouragement to help me keep a thankful spirit.  So let me share a few of words that I remind myself of daily:

“Give THANKS to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.”  −1 Chronicles 16:34
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with THANKSGIVING, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”  −1 Timothy 4:4-5
“Give THANKS in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  −1 Thessalonians 5:8
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving THANKS to God the Father through Him.”  -Colossians 3:17

What words do you use to help keep your heart thankful?  If you don’t have any words, what words would you use?  Please leave a comment below, send me a tweet on Twitter, or leave a comment on Facebook.