In our lives there are things which can distract us and cause us to shift our attention from what we know we ought to do. Think about this in your life. Was there something you used to do regularly that was important and valuable, you no longer do?
I am reading Rhonda Byrne’s book, “The Secret” again when I came across James Ray’s approach to the expression of thankfulness and gratitude. I would encourage you to read what James does as part of his daily routine. As I read this section I realized when I developed my health challenges a couple of years ago, I stopped a certain thankfulness and gratitude practice I had done for years at the beginning of my day. While I continue to express gratitude and thanks throughout the day I have not returned to what had been a regular practice. My routines have changed and I must decide whether to incorporate what I called “My Thank Book” back into my routine, or maybe try James Ray’s approach.
Our approach is not as important as the fact we take action and do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Remember this Scripture says, “in all circumstances,” not “for all circumstances.” There is a difference. Starting your day with gratitude and thanksgiving sets a powerful energetic atmosphere and foundation for the rest of your day. It is also a wonderful way to close out your day as well. Stimulate gratitude as a regular response in your daily routine!