In this post: November Scripture Writing is combined with Gratitude and Reflection to keep your focus on God’s Word as well as a thankful heart for all month long.
“Let’s go around the table and each name something that we are thankful for.”
Does this sound familiar? Does your family do this on Thanksgiving day?
I love it… in theory. Sometimes it feels like you have to have a speech prepared for an eloquent statement on thanks, impressing those at the table with your word choices and “humble-brags.” (Did you catch the oxymoron in that word?) Or sometimes if you are one of the last people to take a turn, you stop focusing on what is actually being said and start stressing about what you are going to say since Aunt Susie “stole” your thanks. Notice how easy it is to lose sight of its purpose and focus on me me me instead?
That’s where these monthly challenges come in.
When I was a kid, I ran just to run. Over time, I took my focus off healthy choices and lifestyle so that it has become harder to reach health and fitness goals. One thing I’ve wanted to do is be able to run again. The mental steadfastness and perseverance of runners is inspiring and I’ve enjoyed watching groups of running friends encourage each other. There was a time when I decided that I was going to do it too. But going from a somewhat sedentary life to being a runner doesn’t happen in a day. I’ve tried. It wasn’t pretty.
Instead, I have needed to train. I train by being consistent in getting out and running multiple times a week, starting at a manageble distance and pace, alternating intervals with walking, and telling myself to just keep moving. The more I do that training program, the easier it is, and longer running intervals are possible. My focus on training makes it become a habit.
Our culture and sinful nature makes it easy to take your focus off what matters and focus on yourself, like a day designed for thanks that becomes about appearances. But if you train your focus like a running program, and become consistent in reaching your goals, your plans will become a habit and then second nature.
Don’t save thanks for a day with a giant turkey. God gives you so much every day! Each and every day we should respond like 2 Corinthians 9:15 (ESV):
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
Whether you have been doing these monthly journal challenges or if the November Scripture writing is your first, don’t skip over Step 1 where you write down things you are grateful for. Do it daily. I like to start my day off with thanks to set the tone for the whole day, but the reality is that we should be doing it throughout the day.
Thanksgiving Day may be a day where you get together with family and friends and even share your items of thanks aloud with others, but let it be just another day of giving God thanks. May you be so consumed by your appreciation and awareness of all you’ve been given that you always have an answer ready to share.Don't save thanks for a day with a giant turkey. #gratitude #gratitudejournal #scripturewriting Click To Tweet