A good portion of our life is spent doing things that we do not always love to do, let’s learn to turn that time into a time of thanksgiving and communication with our Creator. Part 2 of our 7 part Everyday Thanksgiving Series.
Everyday Thanksgiving // The Mundane
Let Us Not Sleepwalk
A good portion of our life is spent doing things that we do not always love to do. There are chores to be done, errands to run, drawers to organize, wash dishes, emails to respond to, cars to fill up with gas, groceries to put away and so much more; however, it is these mundane everyday tasks that we need to re-train our minds to be thankful in- and not just float through the motions.
“So let’s not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let’s keep our eyes open and be smart” –1 Thessalonians 5:6 (MSG)
It is often these tasks that we overlook, usually because in annoyance, that show us how privileged an blessed we are.
- Have to go get gas – you own a car
- Have to go to the grocery store – you have the money and means to drive a few minutes to get that, most people do not
- Have to respond to emails – truly sit with how blessed you are that you have people to stat in contact with.
- Have to wash dishes – you have running water inside of your home.
The list can go on and on and on.
Like our last article said, “thanksgiving is a way to be in constant communication with our creator,” so lets take that mindset and apply it to the areas in our lives that we often categorize as being mundane.
What are some areas in your life that you can change your perspective on today?
Little Things Take Up Lots of Room
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
I know what you’re thinking – pretty profound right? You’re probably even thinking that the person who said this quote is someone really influential. Nope. It’s Winnie the Pooh. Yup, Winnie the Pooh.
When I read this quote, I am reminded that it’s the little things that make life so wonderful. With the holiday season upon us, I am learning to count the blessings in my life every single day. It’s definitely a journey. There are days when it seems like the whole world is against me and then there are days when I feel like I can climb the highest mountain. Even so, I’ve come to realize that giving thanks for the mundane things is what has made my soul feel truly full.
There are a million reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.
These are my top 20:
- Peanut butter
- Window seats on airplanes
- Walking my Golden Retriever
- Taking a hot shower
- Sitting in my best friend’s car and talking for hours on end
- Dining hall food
- Fuzzy blankets and socks
- Holiday themed everything
- My family
- Discovering a whole lot of good music (thank you Spotify)
- My mom’s cooking
- Starting my day by reading my Bible
- Turtleneck sweaters
- Mustard yellow anything
- Coloring books
- Youtube videos of chipmunks
- Baking vegan desserts
I have so much more to be thankful for, but reminding myself of the twenty off the top of my head has made me realize just how much I have. It’s very easy to get caught up in the chaos of life and forget how to appreciate the little things. My most fulfilled moments weren’t when I was doing the best in my classes. It was when I got to get coffee with a friend and just have an intimate, deep conversation.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” – Phillippians 4:8-9
This verse alone says it all. God wants us to live our lives with full hearts, always giving thanks and following whatever is good. He wants us to give generously, love patiently, and truly experience what life can be when we find gratitude for the “mundane”.
Today, on your Everyday Thanksgiving worksheet, your challenge is to write down 5 mundane things you are thankful for or 5 things you are thankful for while doing a mundane task. It is one thing to think about these things, but another to write them down. When you physically write something, you remember it so much clearer, and by the end of the week will be able to look back at all the things you were grateful in that week.
PLUS, if you post a photo and tag @livesalted and hashtag #livesalted, you will be entered to win a pair of Tom’s sunglasses and our soon-to-be released Salty Christmas Present!
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, we would love to hear!