Gratitude and Writing

In September, the church community that we get to be a part of did a series on¬†forgotten¬†virtues. ¬†The last of which was gratitude. ¬†The whole series sorta hit me over the head, but the last one really did. ¬†The reality today is that we live in a world of entitlement. ¬† As I wrestled with the message that day (and for a few weeks afterwards), I¬†realized¬†that I have an entitlement attitude more often than I would like to admit. ¬†And… that entitlement is contrary to gratitude. ¬†This last point may seem obvious, but I never really connected the two realities. ¬†Toward the end of the message, Chris (the pastor) challenged us to think of some practical ways we can foster gratitude in our own lives. ¬†As I sat there and contemplated… the first thing that came to my mind was writing. ¬†And as I reflected over the next couple of weeks, that just stuck with me.

For November, I am embracing writing. ¬†I find that when I am writing on a regular basis, I have more of a perspective and attitude that fosters thankfulness. ¬†It really doesn’t even matter what type of writing I do… just that the process of writing puts me in a more reflective place. ¬†It works when I am writing regularly on this blog (it’s been awhile), journaling, or even when I was writing sermons or youth ministry teachings (it’s been an even longer while). ¬† I plan to write some on embrace / refrain, some in my journal… and who knows where else. ¬†My goal is to write for at least 15 minutes a day.

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