Welcome back to the growth challenge everyone! I believe that if you take these exercises seriously, you can make some huge strides forward in your relationship with God. These exercises are difficult, time-consuming, and sometimes frustrating. But that also makes them valuable.
This week we will be completing readings and exercises that focus on the theme of gratitude. When I find my selfish attitude flaring up and I find myself wanting more stuff (books, video games, etc) gratitude is a healthy response. The reality is, more of anything is never enough. We only want more. That desire to have more drives us away from God. When we develop the attitude of gratitude (hey, that rhymes) the more we recognize how much we have already received from God. When we shift our attention from ourselves back to God, we appreciate what God has already blessed us with even more!
So, join me this week in practicing gratitude. Here's the run-down of this week's activities:
Sunday, March 25th
Read Romans 6:17, Eph 1:15-16, Phil 1:3-5, Col 1:3-4, 1 Thes 1:2-3
Be grateful for the church you have and the Christians whom are in your life
Monday, March 26th
Read 1 Thes 5:16-18
Start a list of everything you are grateful for.
Tuesday, March 27th
Read Psalm 135:1-2
Today: think about how much God loves you. Thank God for his love for you.
Wednesday, March 28th
Read 1 Thes 5:16-18 again.
Keep adding to your list of things you are thankful/grateful for. As you find yourself with a negative attitude (or selfish, desiring-more attitude) replace that attitude with being gratitude.
Thursday, March 29th
Read Psalm 100:1-4
Spend some time today writing down your answer to these questions: Is it obvious to people looking at my life that I am grateful to God? What needs to change so that I show gratitude better?
Friday, March 30th
Read Philippians 4:6
Think about how you usually pray. Let today be the starting point of the new habit of praying with thanksgiving!
Saturday, March 31st.
Spend some reflecting/catching up on this week’s challenge in gratitude. Close out the week by praying with thanksgiving and sharing with someone else how grateful you are for what God has done in your life
I'm really excited about this challenge. If you're like me, you REALLY need it. God wants us to enjoy stuff, he created us that way. It's just so important that we recognize where our stuff is coming from. We have to remember to worship the creator rather than the created things. Let me know how it goes this week!