Monday, October 18, 2004
A Little Thankfulness Goes a Long Way
Today I heard my four-year old son talking in the bathroom. I asked him what he was talking about and he said that he had made up a new prayer. I asked if I could listen and what he said was something like, "Dear God, thank You for everything. Thank you for my toothbrush, the shower curtain, the soap, my shampoo, my baby sister, the faucet..." and he went on naming various items as he saw them or thought of them. Wow, I thought. How wonderful to take the time out of one's day to thank God for something as seemingly mundane as a faucet! I was inspired by my son's simple act of gratitude and I thanked God for little things around my house all day. What a difference that made in an otherwise dreary, gray and rainy Cleveland Monday. Everyday I understand a little better why Jesus teaches us to become like little children so that we might enter into Heaven.
Take-home tip: Take at least a few minutes at least twice each day to find something to thank God for, no matter how down you are or how little you feel you have. It is wonderful what focusing on what you have instead of what you do not have can change your attitude.