Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually. ~Romans 15:2
Some of you may be thinking this week – I have nothing to be thankful for – my life is a mess. I would encourage you make 2 things a practice in your life:
- Make a grateful journal – pull out a journal or notebook and start writing down everything in your life your grateful for. Once you have done that, make it a daily practice, everyday try to find 1-2 things you were grateful for that day. I think you’ll find you have a lot more to be thankful for than you think.
- Make a “rainy-day” file – Pastor Larry got me on this one. Anytime someone gives you a nice card, writes a nice e-mail, or gives you something to cheer you up – stick it in a file and label the file “rainy-day” then when you’re down go through that file and you’ll find that life isn’t nearly as bad as you think.
I love that the verse above tells us to edify (build each other up). I think one of the best ways to do this is to let people know were grateful for them. Do the people that your thankful for in your life know you’re thankful for them? If they don’t – I encourage you to do one of these things over the holiday season:
- Write them a letter/card – write them telling them how thankful you are that they’re in your life and the impact they’ve had on you
- Tell Them – does anything build us up more than people telling us how we’ve added value to their lives?
- Buy them a gift – it doesn’t have to be extravagant – just something that’s says thanks for making a difference
Simple? Yes. Life changing – you better believe it. There is power in building people up… everyday strive to let someone know how grateful you are that they’re in your life.
Who and what are you thankful for?