Celebrate the Little Things!
Too many times we get in a rut because nothing seems to be going right. I have a theory about that. Think about this for a moment – Maybe we get in a rut because we fail to celebrate the little things.
I recently read a devotional about the idea of being a friend. It spoke of sharing “big joys” with many people. But the test of a true friend is if you share your “little joys” with them. Think about that. This is kind of a plug for have a gratitude list on days that you REALLY don’t feel like you have anything to be grateful FOR.
As humans, I think we tend to have blinders on when it comes to the little things. We take them for granted instead of acknowledging them as gifts from the Lord. This applies to every aspect of our lives. We find it so easy to find the most inconspicuous things to grumble about, but we just can’t seem to find the blessings.
The scriptures tell us “…in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” So let me take this a bit farther. How many of us ask the Lord on a semi-regular basis, “What is your will for me?” Well, there, in black and white, we have the answer! Give thanks in everything!
As a writer/editor/ mom/wife/co-worker/homemaker, I tend to wallow in my stress. I am still looking for that huge word count for the day as a writer. I want to be able to have hours on end to edit. I am looking for the big vacation away with my hubby to express my love and appreciation to him. I want to find the perfect teachable moment with my son. I want my boss and co-worker to lavish their praise on me for my work. And on top of it all, I want to stay home all day so that I can keep my home in tip-top shape. Well, I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted from just TYPING that!
So, what do I do. I grumble and complain. This accomplishes nothing except making me disappointed and bitter.
So, today, I want to suggest five tips to being grateful on a daily basis.
- If you are a writer, be thankful for having fingers to type. (do you realize that there are so many people who struggle to type because it is too painful?)
- Do you have a car to drive to and from work? Be thankful. It doesn’t really matter if it is a piece of junk. Be thankful that the Lord has held it together for you.
- Do you have a roof over your head and food to eat? This might sound like a “given” but there are people who are reading this right now who likely know of someone who is either struggling to find their next meal or praying that their home is not taken away.
- Did you wake up? Thank the Lord that He has given you one more day to accomplish His purpose for you.
- Do you have use of your mouth and vocal chords? Thank God that you can sing to Him (or make a “joyful” noise).
These may already be things that you are grateful for and celebrate already. But how many of you REALLY CELEBRATE?
When you think of a celebration, what do you think of? Do you think of a person in a closet somewhere, quietly saying something? I certainly don’t. When I celebrate something I want to share it with all my family and friends. I want them to share in my joys.
As a writer, I know that we like to set writing goals. But there are numerous days when life takes over or you just don’t feel well and you cannot accomplish that goal. Does that mean you failed? Of course not! I have a dear friend whose life has just taken over and she has lost the actual ability to write. But she celebrates those sweet times that she is able to write a few words in her story. Or if she can type long enough to encourage another writer. This is something to celebrate!
So, my friends, celebrate with me! Lift your cup of coffee, or glass of tea, with me and give me a shout-out for my celebrations!
- I have written this blog post!
- I woke up this morning and spent some time with the Lord!
- I am in the process of washing clothes in my own washing machine!
- The sun is shining and it is beautiful!
- My air conditioner works!
- I have $2.00 in the bank!
- I make enough money to pay rent!
- My husband said he loves me!
Okay, now it is your turn. Share with me your “small” or BIG joys in the comment section. Let me celebrate with you! After all, that’s what friends are for!