Unemployment numbers are distressing. We all know family and friends impacted by the economy. Perhaps our own businesses have been negatively impacted by the economy. It would be easy to wallow in the bad news, and lose track of the good news. Today's message is an encouragement to turn all the bad news 180 degrees into good news by completing the following exercise:
Begin your day by writing down or saying aloud: "I thank you Lord, for . . . " filling in the blank with 25 or 30 specific things, great and small, for which you are grateful.
Encourage your spouse and children to join in this. Express thanks for the food you are eating, your health, the clothes you are wearing, the school you're attending, and for your business. Express thanks for family, friends, teachers, colleagues, clients, customers and neighbors. Give thanks for fire departments, police departments, our military. Give thanks for church leaders and political leaders (yes, them too).
Once you boldly make these expressions of thanks out loud, you will have established the mind-set of being in the moment of today with immense gratitude, and will help build up in you the resilience t handle any obstacles that you encounter during the day. When you are armed with your arsenal of thanks, any problems you encounter are just little annoying bugs on the windshield of life.
Make it a GREAT day, and a GREAT week!