Today, I want to invite and CHALLENGE you to join me and many others on a purposed journey to declare our thankfulness for all things, big or small.
This annual event was started by Tisha Poncia, who blogs at On the Wings of Gratitude. Tisha is a Seminole-native (my home town) but we’ve never had the pleasure of meeting. I was first introduced to Tisha through a mutual friend who asked me to pray for their young son who was diagnosed with cancer.
As I followed her updates on Caring Bridge (a site for people going through medical challenges), I was moved and impressed by her constant theme of “grabbing gratitude” despite the trials she was facing.
Tisha says on her website:
At my lowest point, I decided to look around at those closest to me hoping that something they were doing was working and would work for me, but for the most part all I found was even more negativity.
So, I decided to change my outlook and my future. If no one else was going to lead, I would. I sat in my car before going into my teaching job one morning and out of the air decided to start the 40 Days of Thankfulness Challenge which, typically, begins October 10th of each year and ends around Thanksgiving Day. I did it FOR ME, but during the first year, a few friends joined. Years later, we have had over 2,000 people participating in the 40 Day Challenge.
The Bible encourages us to be thankful in all things…
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, WITH THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, GIVING THANKS to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17).
“But [give] THANKS BE TO GOD, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
So will you join me?
I set a reminder on my computer and phone for 40 days straight to make me STOP, PAUSE, and INTENTIONALLY LOOK for the things around me that I have to be thankful for. I honestly believe there are way more than 40, but anything we do for 21 days or more becomes a habit–
…and that’s the goal!
May our hearts be developed through thanksgiving. [click to tweet]
Here’s the Challenge:
Post your thanks ANYWHERE: on your Facebook status, Twitter, Instagram, in a personal journal, through a text to friends and family, email, phone calls –whatever works best for you!
Just do it EVERY DAY for 40 days!
Question: Let’s kick it off now… What are YOU thankful for? [answer in the comments]