Q4. Do you love your brother?
During the month of November many do some form of a gratitude activity. Whether they use a journal, scripture posting or saying what they are thankful for. I have seen some very creative activities.
However about two years ago I came across an idea about a “Thankfulness Can”. The activity encouraged people to get a can and to write whenever the Lord would do something for them on a slip of paper and put in the can throughout the year. And at the end of the year on New Year’s Eve they would open the can and read and thank the Lord for all the things that He did with them during the course of the year.
I thought this was such a neat idea. Well I kind of embellished on it a little bit. Because I love jars and color I got a mason jar. I cut slips of paper and put them in the jar. And periodically throughout the course of the last couple of years I have grabbed the jar and wrote down various small things that the Lord has done for me.
I have not open the jar yet because it’s not full. My glass jar is my representation of my gratitude to the Lord throughout the years. For me it’s inexpensive and it’s not governed by time. When my little jar becomes full I will open it up and begin to praise the Lord as I read each slip of paper for the things he has done.
We often remember the big things that God does for us , those major circumstances that the Lord delivers us from; we don’t forget those. It’s the small things that the Lord does for us on a daily basis that sometimes just plainly get overlooked.
We could often slip into complacency as well as a complaining attitude because of the things going our life.
I tend to do things not just for a month I usually like to spread it out over time.
So I thought I would share this idea and maybe you can find a variation that works for you. You may want to do a can or glass jar or decorative box. You might do your activity monthly where you put the slips of paper in it and at the end of the month praise the Lord for what he did that month. You can even do it quarterly, semi-annually or annually. The great thing about this idea is that you can make it your own. It’s not costly or time consuming. You can be as creative as you want or you can keep it plain. The purpose behind this activity is to remain faithful to the Lord no matter what you may go through. It’s to have a place to go on days when you feel like no one’s listening or that you’ve been waiting a long time for answer to prayer and reflect over what He has done. It’s a great reminder that the Lord is concerned about every area of our life even small size things.
So if you think this is a great activity or something you’d be interested in doing why not share with me in the comments what you going to do about your gratitude for this year.