Hey there– I was scrolling through facebook last week and came across a post from Amit, one of the smartest, most inventive, intentional people. It was his birthday and he asked friends to leave a comment of something they were thankful for –as a gift to him.
He started it up–being thankful for a day on the playground with his nephew. And he promised to donate $1 to an organization that helps small businesses around the world for each thankful comment.
It was heartening to read through the piles of thankful comment thoughts– Matt was thankful to be a parent, the most humbling and rewarding experience he’s had so far. Duane, thankful to be able to use and move his body. Alex mentioned beaches and friends. And Grace was thankful for the internet and instantaneous communication between friends. Melissa talked about the luxury of a home. Cold coconut water and new babies and rainstorms also made the list… I added our beautiful, soul lifting hikes in Sequoia.
I checked back today and Amit had donated $175 for all those thankful thoughts.
It made me think again how wonderful (in the true sense of wonder) it is to review all that we can be thankful for. I want to pile up reason upon reason to be thankful, to thank God for all those things big and small–to be overwhelmed with that wonder and thankfulness.
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.” –Psalm 107:1
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” — Colossians 3:17
And a favorite quote from George Herbert (Welsh, 1590-1633)
“Thou that hast giv’n so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.”
P.S. photo–walking to the swimming hole on our camping trip a couple weeks ago.