by Jay Kelly
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
-I Thessalonians 5:18
Tomorrow, Oct. 1, is the beginning of a month-long journey into greater appreciation of all that God has provided for each of us. The bible is clear that gratitude is to be practiced in all circumstances. Giving thanks takes practice and we will get better at it over time. Gratitude, especially in a challenging situation, is a true indicator of spiritual maturity and a rarely travelled road to joy and fulfillment.
Today is Day 1 and we are going to provide a gratitude exercise prior to each day of the coming month.
October 1: Homework,
Tell someone close to you what they mean to you; Be specific and elaborate on at least three specific things you see in them that have made a difference in your life. The proverb, “familiarity breeds contempt.” was credited to St. Augustine. We all know how true it is that those we see every day are least appreciated in a tangible way.
We also understand that we are meeting two needs when we tell those closest to us what we love about them…
“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated”
-William James (1842-1910) pioneering American psychologist and philosopher, trained as a medical doctor.
They need to hear how much we’ve benefitted by having a relationship with them. We grow through our gratitude and they grow through realization of appreciation. They hear, “I do matter in this world!”
We hear, “I am loved deeply every day by those I often overlook.”
On the eve of each October day we will post a theme of gratitude for you to contemplate in the morning before you begin your day. The staff is praying that our themes will have a profound impact on your life as you go forward from your quiet time each day.
With love and gratitude for your faithfulness,
Jay Kelly and The Staff of the Seattle Church of Christ