Girl to Girl Talk: How Gratitude Changes Your Attitude
Written by Christi Given | December 8, 2014
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
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Last week a PI Girl commented on the Girl Talk forum, and because it was the month of Thanksgiving and the month of being thankful, she posted over a dozen reasons why she is thankful. Click here for the full post.
I want to dig deeper and share with those of you struggling with insecurity, fear and maybe even sadness around this time of year to remember to count your blessings. Sometimes it is easy to look at what we don’t have rather than what we do have. When you start to count your blessings, your attitude changes, and your perspective on life is altered. Maybe you have experienced a loss or are struggling in your identity or worrying, but just remember, you are not alone. We need to realize everyone has something that is broken—no family or person is perfect. When we are being selfish or fearful, we begin to take for granted what we DO have, rather than look at what has already been entrusted to us.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10)
The Bible talks about giving thanks and praising God because that is His perfect will for us. Do you thank God daily for your life, for the fact you are healthy and are blessed? I encourage all of us to remember to praise our God because He is worthy to be praised and is so good even in the good and the bad days.
…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus… (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Right now I challenge you to do like this PI Girl did, and write down a list of 10 things (or more) you are thankful for. We are so blessed and have so many luxuries living in America, we don’t even realize what we have.
I am personally so thankful for my salvation, Jesus dying on the cross, Project Inspired, JUCE TV Network, being able to serve in organizations like ELEV8-X.org, as well as singing at my church. I love worshipping the Lord, spending time with family, having the opportunity to work, writing music and being able to worship freely in our country. Our cups overflow with God’s blessings. Of course it is easy to spot the imperfect or to look at what isn’t right or ready yet in our lives. We need to remember life is about the journey, not just the destination. We need to help people along the way. If you think you are struggling, I guarantee someone next to you is, too.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
I challenge you to seek to bless at least one person in your family every day and one person outside of your family (whether that’s a fellow peer in school, neighbor or friend). God wants to use US to reach people, and when we give, we end up being a part of God’s process of blessing people! How cool! The Bible tells us in Philippians 2:4, “do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Let’s not just think about others and giving during the holidays, but let us genuinely become the hands and feet of Jesus. Maybe that’s baking cookies for a neighbor or bringing soup to someone who is sick or offering to help with Sunday School at church or volunteering at a soup kitchen…the list is endless, but we can all do something. Maybe you don’t have extra money, but you can make a handmade card or letter. You can come up with creative ideas to let others know you care and are praying for them!
Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16
I’m reminding not only you PI Girls, but also reminding myself that not only do we need to be thankful for food, a warm bed, clothing and lovely families and friends, etc., but also to think of others we can reach out to. Do you know someone who maybe doesn’t have as much or might be lonely for the holidays? There’s a quote I really like that fits this topic and will help with giving and gratitude. The quote is: ” You make a living by what you get, and you make a life by what you give.” So good!!
Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving and will continue the attitude of gratitude for the remainder of the year and way past 2015!
Do you think you will look out for others and focus on blessing people during this season and time, and also write down your blessings you are thankful for? Comment below, PI Girls! I love you!