After an extended outage to address domain issues, we are able to resume our mission – Encouraging, Elevating, and Empowering our readers. For that, I am truly thankful … which brings me to the topic of this week – Speak Thanks. This is the fourth of a six-week series related to speaking love.
Perhaps the most appropriate way to begin this discussion is to identify what is meant by the term “thanks”.
We can be thankful for another day of life, thankful for a job that challenges us, and thankful for food and shelter. However, if we merely feel thankful and do nothing more about it, does it really mean anything? Does anyone other than you benefit from your experience of thankfulness? Instead, it’s important that we express our thanks — thanks-giving. Hmm, we’ve all heard that word, especially in November, but perhaps, like me, you never considered the meaning of the word. To give thanks, we must not only experience the emotion of feeling thankful, we have to share, or give, that feeling of thanks.
Thankfulness, like many human experiences, is contagious. Just as a sour attitude is likely to encourage others to have a poor perspective on events, a positive attitude is likely to encourage others to adopt a similar attitude.
So, what does that look like? How do we give or share thanks?
When I describe giving thanks, I’m not referring so much about thanking God for the wonderful things he has done for us — although that is a significant component of giving thanks but I am talking about sharing your story of thanks with others. For instance, if you are thankful for a long awaited rain storm following an extended drought, tell someone. Why? Put quite simply, you are encouraging others to view the positive rather than the negative. Thankfulness, like many human experiences, is contagious. Just as a sour attitude is likely to encourage others to have a poor perspective on events, a positive attitude is likely to encourage others to adopt a similar attitude.
This brings me to this week’s challenge. Speaking Thanks throughout the week… each day throughout the remainder of this week, I challenge each of you (and myself) to find at least one thing you are thankful to and express this to at least one person. Don’t just say “thanks” though … be specific. As an example, my wife always does our laundry, which I appreciate but fail to tell her how much I appreciate this. Subsequently, I might tell her that I know she always works hard to make sure I have clean clothes to wear each day and I know that it isn’t easy given her work and school schedules. I might then explain that I don’t always remember to say thanks for all the things she does but I truly appreciate her and thank God each day for bringing her in my life.
So, what are you thankful for today? Who are you going to tell? I’m looking forward to reading your comments below of items you found to be thankful for and how you expressed that thanks. In closing, I want to add that I am thankful for each of you who visit TurningPositive. Some of you I know personally, others of you I have not yet had the honor of meeting in person. Regardless, I thank you for your readership and it is my prayer that God may richly bless and guide you.
“How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?”
1 Thessalonians 3:9 NIV
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