First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
Romans 1:8 (ESV)
Quick! When you wake up in the morning, what do you do first? Do you:
a) groan because another day is upon you,
b) jump up, cursing the alarm,
c) stretch to see what hurts,
d) smile at the thought and promise of another day, or
e) give thanks?
No judgments, I’ve been guilty of a through d at some point, and oh, let’s be honest, so have you. Here’s a challenge, it’s time for a reset. If you haven’t already, let’s make an effort to start by giving thanks.
When I am down, I challenge myself to a round of thankfulness. Some days it’s harder than others, e.g., thank God I opened my eyes (and can see); thank God I can get out of bed; thank God everything doesn’t hurt….sometimes it’s really just a matter of saying “Whew, it could be worse!” Believe it or not, that’s a prayer.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about prayer, lately. Iyanla Vanzant, in her book Every Day I Pray writes the following, "Every thought you think is a prayer. Every word you speak is a prayer. Every act in which you engage is a prayer, because the Spirit of God lives in you." If that's the case, not only should we start in thankfulness, we should stay there.
How might you live differently if you were intentional about EVERY word and EVERY action? I am allowing that we all do our very best, but what about doing more?
Beginning tomorrow, upon awakening, breathe in your first prayer. Stretch an offering of gratitude to the Universe as you shake off slumber. Can you imagine how this simple change might inform your day? According to Every Day I Pray, a life of active prayer might allow us to “anchor the presence of peace, joy, balance, harmony, and God on the planet.” There is nothing more to say, except “go greet the day in prayer.” Articulating your gratitude, and knowing He is there to listen, is just another reason to declare that God is Good.