This Sunday, we started a new series on Gratitude. What does it mean to have an attitude of gratitude? We began to look at what it takes to have a constant mindset of thankfulness.
A few years ago, I learned about an interesting guy affectionately named Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence was a monk who had the very nonspiritual task of washing dishes in his monastery. Through this mundane task, he discovered deep insights into spiritual disciplines and wrote a book entitled, “The Practice of the Presence of God.” He learned the best way for him to communicate with God was to simply do his ordinary work.
The title of Brother Lawrence’s book implies it will be about prayer, fasting, etc. Instead, it’s about doing the dishes. Supposedly, every dish Brother Lawrence washed he said, “Thank you Lord for letting me wash that dish.” I think we can all learn a lot from Brother Lawrence.
I remembered that story of gratitude while thinking about our new series. It got me thinking about practical ways for us to be thankful. So here’s your homework. Make a short list of three things you are thankful for, but here’s the catch… make the list everyday for the rest of the month. Let’s spend some time intentionally reflecting on what we are thankful for.
God, I’m thankful for:
Grace and peace,