We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Thessalonians 1:2-3)
Every month I meet with a covenant group made up of several United Methodist pastors in the Washington area. The group is comprised of several gifted and talented pastors that I feel blessed to call colleagues and friends. One of our members Rev. Scott Lawrence challenged us to develop a written covenant that would help to keep us accountable in our walk of discipleship. The covenant is divided up into the areas of spiritual, physical, mental and relationships.
For the spiritual component I have chosen to keep a gratitude journal by listing three things I am grateful for each day. I believe we have to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Somedays it is easier than others. It is hard to be grateful when I become enraptured with the negative. My gratitude journal reminds me over and over the abundant blessings of God. I may not always acknowledge or see the blessings but it does not mean they are not there.
I encourage you to keep a gratitude journal from now until Christmas (and beyond!). Reflect on at least three things you are grateful for and write it down. And then give God thanks for how God is working in your life.
Keeping my gratitude journal has helped me to realize the blessing of those who God has placed “for such a time as this” to come alongside me in my journey. I am grateful for Scott and the other members of our covenant group that care enough to hold me accountable. I am especially grateful for you, our First Church family who has loved upon Mark and myself. Please know you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I am thankful for the many ways in which you use your gifts. Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving as we give thanks to our God through whom all blessings flow!
Grace and peace,