Living a Grateful Life, Part 2

This is a followup to my last post of attempting to live a more thankful life. I intended it as a personal challenge, to rather counter all the negativity I see around me in life and in the media. I then wanted to share it with others, both friends and strangers through my blog, as well as daily on my FaceBook page.

Twelve days in, I’ve noticed that the FB algorithm now shows different people coming up in my feed, some I know and some I don’t. Each of them is more positive with more positive posts than my usual FB encounters. Already I feel more relaxed when logging onto FaceBook. Also, about every four days comes a pop-up for me to fill in a form and share whom I am thankful for. I never-ever saw that before starting this sharing a Life of Gratitude on line. Hurray for algorithms.

One last thing here: I started this, wanting to post just one thing a day for which I am thankful to God. A challenge. A discipline. This morning, before breakfast, I had perhaps a dozen thoughts vying for my attention. “Pick me for today.” “No, pick me.” I’m beginning to think that this Living a Grateful Life personal challenge is like a snowball, starting small enough to fit in my hands, but as it rolls through the perfect snow, it grows and grows and grows.

A Grateful Life

With 6 days until the New Year, I have decided that from today until the end of Christmas (January 6), I shall post something each day on my FB page for which I am grateful to God. I shall try to be more specific than “family” or such. It is a month-long personal challenge.

Especially in this age of so much dissent and separatism, I would like to encourage anyone reading this to do the same. Here is my FB page, if anyone is interested in my own journey:

“In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (NASB, I Thessalonians 5:18). (Sandy’s comment: Not thankful for every circumstance, for some are evil, but find something even through bad circumstances to be grateful for.)

“And whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (NASB, Colossians 3:17).