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Don’t Let It Stay In Your Head

Don’t Let It Stay In Your Head

It’s THANKSGIVING!

That means turkey and family time.

It’s also means that we, collectively as a culture, take a day to pause and be thankful.

If you’re like me, you probably have so much to be thankful for.

I catch myself often thinking of these things.

Can I give you one simple piece of advice when it comes to being thankful?

DON’T LET IT STAY IN YOUR HEAD!

You’re probably like me. You have these quick thoughts that creep into your mind that reflect something you’re thankful for…

“I’m so glad I have wife that always smiles at me when I come in the door at the end of the day.”

“I’m so thankful my husband puts the toilet seat down.”

“I’m grateful for kids that love Jesus and are doing well on their own.”

“I’m thankful for a boss that gives me time to go see my kid’s plays at school.”

You have those thoughts, right?

SHARE THEM!

Take the time, right now, and send FIVE DIFFERENT TEXT MESSAGES to someone that you’re thankful for and tell them SPECIFICALLY what you’re thankful for.

Thankfulness changes things when it’s SHARED!!!!

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Here’s the challenge: Text or Call FIVE PEOPLE and express your gratitude for them. BE SPECIFIC!

The Power Of A Grateful Heart

The Power Of A Grateful Heart

It sort of amazes me that “Black Friday”, the day America loses it’s mind over cheap stuff we don’t really need, falls on the day that immediately follows Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a profound day.

Not exactly because of Turkey or stuffing or cranberry sauce that most of honestly detest…

Thanksgiving is important because redirects our hearts and minds.

We take this so seriously, that as we pastor our kid’s hearts we’ve made “having a grateful heart” one of the most significant points of emphasis in our home. When our kids complain, they’re immediate met with the question, “Are you having a grateful heart?”

There’s power in a grateful heart.

#1 – A grateful heart reshapes difficult moments.

You may not like it, but you’re going to face difficulty in life.

When we face difficulty, we don’t have to be dragged down in the midst of it. The Scriptures describe for us a joy that transcends difficult moments and trying times.

The secret lies in how our heart shapes our current situation.

There’s ALWAYS something to be grateful for, and in the midst of difficult situations a grateful heart elevates those things above the difficult things. This reshaping of our context allows us to view difficulty through a new perspective.

This is how cancer patients find a purpose in living their faith out in front of their family and friends. This is how grieving families find hope in a promised eternity with Jesus and our loved ones. This is how those who are hurting find purpose in the pain.

This is how Job, in the middle of great pain and loss, could say, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15).

A grateful heart unlocks a better perspective to live from.

#2 – A grateful heart erodes anxiety, worry, and fear.

Anxiety and worry are born out of fear. Fear looks at our circumstances and predicts the worst outcomes.

Many of us struggle with fear. It’s a significant tool the enemy uses to derail the work of God in our lives, because when we embrace fear, we begin to reject faith.

Faith always looks at the evidence in our current circumstance and responds with a resilient belief that “God can.”

Faith is described to us in the Scriptures as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

A grateful heart looks at our current circumstances, and when there is room for doubt, it instead chooses thankfulness.

Thankfulness reminds us of something that’s important: We’ve needed God before, and He showed up in a powerful way to take care of us.

That redirection erodes anxiety, worry, and fear’s capacity to grow in our hearts.

#3 – A grateful heart opens us to richer relationship with Jesus.

Imagine giving your kids amazing gifts day after day, and the imagine that they NEVER said “Thank You” or expressed any sort of gratitude.

What would that do your connection with them?

Now imagine that your kids looked for ways to say “Thank You” and express gratitude for EVERYTHING you do for them, every day, in every way possible…

Would that change things in your relationship with them?

A grateful heart reorients us to Jesus, and allows us to be more focused on what He is doing in our lives.

When that happens, everything changes!

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What needs to change for you to live with a more grateful heart?

What You Focus On Matters

What You Focus On Matters

Have you ever found yourself in that moment where your kids were doing something absurdly cute or ridiculously funny?

What do we do? We grab our phones and try to take a picture, don’t we?

More times than not something goes wrong with the picture for me: my fingers get in the way, the camera doesn’t focus in time, or the moment passes.

I think life is a lot like that.

Life is a beautiful journey. We’re surrounded by so much good and get to encounter so much in life that is purely wonderful, it’s impossible not to be struck by the simple beauty of life itself.

It’s also easy to miss it.

Here’s the reason it’s so easy to miss the beauty of our journey: there will be difficulty, and it’s so easy to focus on the ugly in life.

When difficult times come, it’s easy to allow them to gain our greatest focus. When that happens it robs us of a greater perspective that allows us to see the real beauty of the moment we find ourselves in.

Here’s a few questions to help you regain your focus…

#1 – How big is the problem facing when you view it in the perspective of your entire life?

Often we blow things out of perspective. We make them bigger than they really are. We allow our minds to set the problem in front of the rest of our life. The problem becomes the finger in the way of the cute picture of our kids.

When you press pause on the circumstance, and back up to look at what’s really going on… How big is the problem, really? It’s probably not that big, and you’re probably both blowing it out of proportion and focusing on it.

#2 – Is your problem bigger than Jesus?

If you’re facing a big problem, it’s likely the reason the problem is so big is that Jesus is small in your life. When we have a BIG GOD, we will always have small problems.

Viewing your problem in light of our eternal, all-powerful God is an important step to gaining the right focus in life. He’s bigger than any problem we’ll ever face, and He is on your side!

#3 – What do you need to focus on?

This is the important step… If you’re going to shift your perspective from your problem, where is going to go?

This is where the truth of gratitude begins.

Gratitude is born out of a perspective of our heart, not a set of circumstances.

You probably have more than enough right now to be thankful for. You don’t need something new to happen. You just need to shift your perspective, and when you allow your focus to shift something wonderful happens.

Gratitude turns our problems into praise.

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What do you need to shift your focus from today? What do you need to focus on to be more thankful today?

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