Encouragement, Thankful30 Gratitude Challenge

Gratitude Challenge – Shift Your Focus With Gratitude

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV

It’s easy to give thanks when your day is going well. You’re wearing your favorite outfit (or a pair of shoes in my case!) and you look amazing. You made it on time for work and you don’t feel rushed. Your coffee is the perfect temperature with just the right mix of sugar and creamer. And, to top it all off, you get lots of likes on the selfie you posted this morning on Facebook and Instagram.

But what about those moments when things aren’t going so well? You spill your coffee on your shirt. You have to wait in a long line of customers – with your young children – at the store. You realize your smartphone is dead and you can’t recharge it until you get home.

I know these things may seem minor as you read this email and think about bigger issues that you have going on but, even in moments like these, giving thanks is difficult. However, giving thanks is extremely important if you want to navigate these simple experiences with a positive outlook. This doesn’t mean being phony or pasting on a smile no matter what. Rather, it’s about taking a moment to shift your focus.

So, instead of grumbling about the long line of customers, thank God that you had the means to get to the store and the money to make the purchase. Or, better yet, thank God for the cashier and pray for her family. The next time your smartphone needs a charge, thank God for all of the amazing technology you have access to. Choose to turn the uncomfortable moments in life into thankfulness.


God, when I’m tempted to complain and grumble, help me to stop and shift my focus. I want to be someone who lives in continual gratitude. Let me never lose sight of the blessings You’ve poured out on me. In Jesus’s Name. Amen!

So post in the comments below how you can turn a minor inconvenience into a moment of gratitude.

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