Develop Your Super Power
— Brian · Sunday, November 28, 2021 · spiritually fit —
Gratitude is a super power.
Ok, maybe not a SUPER power.. but let me explain.
Just like working out regularly can transform your physique, practicing gratitude consistently can transform your life! And just like with your fitness, the benefits of gratitude get better the more you practice!
Being grateful doesn't just happen by accident. Gratitude is a muscle you have to train intentionally and repeatedly, that way you can flex when it matters most!
As Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close, I always wonder why don't we live like this every day?!
Why can't every day be more like Thanksgiving or Christmas? Why do we need an official holiday to make time to be present with family, thank friends for being in our lives, and praise God for all of our blessings? Living a life of gratitude is living a life like every day is a holiday!
Here's just a few health benefits of practicing gratitude:
- better sleep
- improved mindset
- increased resilience
- more active lifestyle
- reduced symptoms of physical pain
- lower levels of inflammation
- lower blood pressure
The list goes on.. But all physical and mental benefits aside, gratitude isn't JUST a good idea for your health.. It's a biblical command. We're instructed to live grateful lives:
"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." — 1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." — Philippians 4:6-7
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
In case you're wondering what God wants for your life, you can bank on this truth — to live a grateful life.
What now? Here's an action step: buy yourself a journal, keep it by your bed, and use it to jot down prayers, God ideas, and things you're grateful for every day.
Big fact here: The more you look for reasons to feel gratitude, the longer your list will grow! Train your gratitude muscle so you can flex it when it matters most!