I have to admit, last year was a difficult one for me. The year before that was, too. And the year before that one, as well. Maybe that is how you are feeling too, and you are so, so ready for a fresh start, whether it’s the start of the new year, a new job, or a new outlook on life.
One way I change my perspective when I am feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges is to find ways to be more thankful. Thankfulness changes my attitude by taking my mind off of my problems and focusing on how God has provided. It reminds my heart that God has sustained me and will continue to do so in the future. Here are three ways to be a more thankful person.
- Record it. We see the prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 7:12 making a monument to remember what God had done for the Israelites. It’s important to write or otherwise record what God has done. You can go simple – a note on a phone or a list in a journal you already have. You might like writing in a one line a day 5 year journal like this one (affiliate link), or you could pick up this thankfulness journal from my Etsy shop. Choose one of these methods, or anything else that actually works for you. And if you miss a day or two or a hundred, be ok with picking it up again. You don’t have to “achieve” thankfulness perfectly; any gratitude towards God that you add to your life is a step in the right direction.
- Talk about it. In prayer, tell God how thankful you are. And continue it throughout the day, not just to Him but to others. Isaiah 12:4 ESV says, “And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.” Let’s exalt God’s name to others! And when you have reason to thank someone for what they have done in your lives, don’t overlook it. Don’t withhold encouragement from someone who might very well be discouraged.
- Remind yourself to be thankful. How do you remind yourself to do the most important tasks? A phone reminder? A notification from a journaling app? A post-it on the mirror? Work on making thankfulness a habit.
Father, We thank You for being worthy of praise! We pray that You will put this gift of thankfulness on our hearts so that we can glorify You. Thank You for all You have done. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.