As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S., I recall so much inspired writing, both secular and religious, touting both physical and spiritual benefits of cultivating a daily practice of gratitude, regardless of our circumstances.
My friend Beth Grosvenor Boland reminded me, however, that thanksgiving must be turned outward -- Thanksgiving in Action -- to create a true ripple effect. As I count my blessings this year, I'm adding a Thanksgiving in Action step.
Action: I will seek God in every person I meet today and look for opportunities to pass on His amazing love.
Action: I'll remember my husband and children, my parents, my siblings and my extended family and pray for them by name today. I'll seek to be better about letting them know how much they mean to me.
Action: I'll send a donation to our local food bank to help provide food for those who have less than I do.
Action: I'll support local agencies that provide shelter and housing for those who are homeless.
Action: I'll continue to pray for those serving in our Armed Forces and support organizations for vets and their families. I'll strive to be a better citizen and do my part to support our country and its democracy.
Action: I'll continue to be aware of our household habits that promote sustainability and support those organizations that fight for environmental protection and sustainable practices.
Action: I will be more intentional about letting my friends know I appreciate them.
Action: I'll listen more closely to my clients and prospects so I can continue to add value to my services.
"Thankfulness is not some sort of magic formula; it is the language of Love which enables you to communicate intimately with Me." from JESUS CALLING by Sarah Young, a book of daily devotional messages from the author's prayer journal