And that is the key to this whole email … thankfulness.
It’s become an overused, almost hypey, personal development rallying cry so you’d be forgiven for rolling your eyes but let’s not throw it out just yet.
Paul talked about the secret of being content, regardless of the circumstances around him. He said:
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12&13
He could be content through God helping him.
Now that got me thinking … how did God help him?
Did he zap him with some super power, the God equivalent of a quick caffeine shot?
Or maybe, for Paul only, because he was on a God-shaped mission, God came back down from heaven in human form and actually helped him out, practically?
It’s not likely is it? Sure, God has favourites (every single person ever conceived is his favourite) but he’d done his ‘being human’ bit through Jesus. The plan was in motion. There was no need for a second act.
So how did God help him?
One way of course would be for Paul to ask God for help, keeping the conversation flowing.
But what if another way was this magic gift of thankfulness?
What if God, in his infinite wisdom, knew how much a good old dose of thankfulness would lift us from an otherwise gloomy place?
Maybe that’s why talk of giving thanks is scattered throughout the bible?
And so, your 25 gifts mission for today, if you choose to accept it, is to think of 5 things for which you can be thankful this week.
If you’ve had a tough week, you might have to start by being really inventive but trust me, you’ll be surprised how easy it becomes once you get started.
Are you ready? Get to it!
And when you’re done, I’d love to hear all about it. Email me or drop me a note on Facebook. I’ll be sharing my list over there later today (when I’ve written it!)