For the next five days we’ll be looking in-depth at all the different areas in our lives that we can give thanks for- the everyday thanksgivings in the small, mundane, hard times, weakness, contentment, Jesus’s matchless love, and creation. We hope you join us everyday for this 7 part series.
Everyday Thanksgiving // Series Overview + Worksheet
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see that goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
Everyone of us is in a different season of life. Like Autumn, your season maybe shifting here and there like the changing of leaves ,while for others you may feel yourself in a season of winter slowly moving through what life is currently handing you. These seasons can be beautiful and restful, bone chilling and slow, or somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, but what you have to remember is that those are all just seasons – they come and they go. I encourage you to take a second to step back and determine what season you are in, because when we allow ourselves to do this, we see our circumstances from a new perspective often resulting in clarity and understanding. Go ahead, give it a try.
What season are you in right now?
I would guess that some of us are very content with where we are, while others are a little disappointed or sad or upset. I would guess that some of us are in the middle, that neutral land, while others of us are on one side of the spectrum one day and then the other the next. This is normal, that is why our lives are made up of seasons. But whatever season you find yourself in, we are told to give thanks:
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” –1 Thessalonians 5:18
A very common thread amongst millennials is this feeling of being restless in our busyness. We hurry here, hurry there, are working on five things at once with 6 tabs open on our computer, yet feel like we still are not doing enough. It is in these moments, that we need to slow down, listen to the Lord, and accept the fact that the faster we move the more we probably miss.
If we don’t slow down, we won’t be able to see the goodness around us.
I would say that part of our restlessness comes from our souls and hearts knowing there is something much better out there for us to discover and experience than just what meets our eyes. This restlessness on our souls can often be misunderstood as believing we need more and better. Maybe you have told yourself that you won’t be happy until something else happens. Could be your relationship status, your figure, your grades, land your dream job/internship, a friendship, or even your wardrobe situation.
We are discontent and we love to focus on it.
Constantly searching for happiness and wanting to fully live our lives.
And I would say this will probably continue to be the case until you are walking 100% with Christ- he is always the something much better that we are all looking for. We are created by God to be in constant communication with Him, marked with His eternal goodness. We need to slow down, not go through the motions of life, and start noticing all that God is doing around us. Often times, His blessings are there, they are just hidden in our busyness.
“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them … ” – Luke 22:19
“In the original language, “he gave thanks” reads “eucharisteo.”
The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning “grace.” Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks. Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy.” Charis. Grace. Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving. Chara. Joy.”
– Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts
Chances are, you have the words choose joy written somewhere in a journal or on a print on your wall. There is nothing wrong with this, as being joyful is a choice, but throughout this series I want to challenge you to dig deeper into what this common phrase can really mean in your relationship with God and fully living your life while living for Him. Throughout this series I want to challenge you to dig deeper into what this common phrase can really mean in your relationship with God and fully living your life while living for Him.
I pray we discover what full living really is while learning to go through all of our days finding praise in everyday thanksgivings. Let us strive to become thankful in all things. Looking past our circumstances and the broken bits of this world, keeping our eyes on our Lord and His promises to us. Finding thanksgiving and joy right where we are, not in extravagant things or perfect situations. Whatever life looks like to you at this very moment. Whether it is stress, fear, a broken heart, doubt, depression, or a restless, discontent heart.
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9
Let’s learn to live our lives to the full by discovering how to find joy in our everyday thanksgivings. Let’s work to live as reflections of Christ, no matter the season we are in, so that we leave the people around us wondering what is different about us. Because we know the answer is Jesus.
Starting Monday (11/21), we will be posting a new blog each day focusing on finding thankfulness in different areas of our lives. Our prayer is for you to commit to reading the blog each day, and doing the challenge as described below. Embodying thankfulness and gratitude in our everyday lives truly has the power to transform how we view ourselves, the world, and our circumstances. Join with us, as we practice seeing Jesus at work in everything we do, and giving all of the credit and honor back up to him!
For each post, we want you to set aside a few minutes to brainstorm things you are thankful for inside of that category. We have created a graphic that will make this easy for you as all you have to do is fill in the blanks with your thoughts. To print off our “Thankful in…” PDF worksheet, click on the image below and download the file. We challenge you to commit to reading the posts each day and writing out your responses- don’t just think about it. Share your daily thanksgivings with us on Instagram and tag us @livesalted for a chance to win a giveaway at the end of the next week!