Give thanks until you become thanks


The past few days I’ve been totally unmotivated.  In my desire to quit striving, the pendulum may have swung a bit far the other way, lol.  I’ll find the balance, but for now it’s nice to get to the end of the day and not have to have a list of chores with lines drawn through them to give me a sense of worth.  It’s not that there isn’t much that needs done because there is!  Perhaps this is just my resting up for that.

In the meantime I decided to read a book I’ve had on my shelf for almost a year, Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts.”  Just yesterday in my quiet time I had the realization that I needed to thank God more often, which reminded me of Graham Cooke’s charge to “give thanks until you become thanks.”  Anyway it’s been a great read so far and I thought I’d post a passage that resounded in my heart…

“And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.  This, this, makes me full, and I ‘magnify him with thanksgiving’ (Psalm 69:30), and God enters the world.  What will a life magnify?  The world’s stress cracks, the grubbiness of a day, all that is wholly wrong and terribly busted?  Or God?  Never is God’s omnipotence and omniscience diminutive.  God is not in need of magnifying by us so small, but the reverse.  It’s our lives that are little and we have falsely inflated self, and in thanks we decrease and the world returns right.  I say thanks and I swell with Him, and I swell the world and He stirs me, joy all afoot.”

Methinks I should start my own list of one thousand gifts :)


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