I read a wonderful book a few weeks ago with the simple title, “How to Have a Good Day.” I can’t encapsulate the entire book in just a paragraph or two but I do want to share with you one of the most important and intriguing ideas. The author suggests that we begin each day by listing three things we are grateful for. That seems especially appropriate this Thanksgiving week. The concept is that if we begin the day with a spirit of gratitude we will see the day and the world differently.
I am doing my best to start each day at my desk by listing three reasons for gratitude. Some days just limiting it to three things is a challenge. My guess is that may be the case for you as well. One of my entries on a recent fall day looked like this: 1) the joy of living in Tennessee in autumn as a reminder of God’s creation; 2) the values that were instilled in my by family and teachers here in our state; and 3) the chance to proclaim the truth of God to a congregation which lives out the gospel everyday. That is just one day’s entry.
I plan to speak more about this concept early in January. But in the meantime, could you join me in trying to think of three reasons to be grateful each day? If you are like me, I am confident you will find it easier to have a good day no matter what the weather may bring!
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we begin learning of the “Stories behind the Carols.” I hope you have a marvelous Thanksgiving!