Apparently “Gratitude Project” is not a very original title. There’s about 50 million other ones out there, and I don’t want the Plagiarism KGB to slam me (says the girl who is writing an entire blog series from an idea she got out of a book). Thesaurus.com is not helping me find an appropriate substitute. So many options–Venture? Affair? Undertaking? Task? Enterprise? Proposal? *sigh* I may as well name it ‘proposal’, as my eHarmony crash and burn indicates that it’ll be the only proposal in my life for awhile (that was not ingratitude, my friends. I smirked when I wrote it, but there’s no good ’emoti-smirk’. And I would rather wax my eyelashes off than use “lol”).
Ok, so if you’re just joining us, this post will tell you everything you need to know to catch up.
Wir beginnen (I have now transmitted to you all that I can recall from 4 years of German class).
Scripture for the day:
Colossians 1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:15-17; 4:2
1:3 –“We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1: 12– “. . .always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.”
2:7–“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
3:15-17–“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
4:2–“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”
Notice how the readings of the last two days have included both thanks and peace? Put that on your chin and stroke it. (I have the feeling that won’t sound as clever tomorrow morning as it does now).
Ok, 5 things for which to be thankful.
1) Grace. Truth be told, most of the time I try to resist grace. I can get crabby when I don’t feel in control, and one is never more out of control than when one needs grace. But I’ve desperately needed and received grace so often of late that I can’t help but be thankful for it.
2) Harbison State Forest. I just discovered this little gem a few weeks ago, and have been running there almost daily since. It’s sunny and tree-y, stuffed full of deer, and beautiful. It smells like Pinesol. It restores my soul.
3) Running!! My running career lasted through about 4 months of half-marathon training last year. Then my knee swelled up to the size of my head. I was hoping running in the forest would be a little easier on my knees, and so far, the ol’ knee isn’t putting up much protest, even without a brace! Oh, endorphins, how I’ve missed you!
4) The World Cup. I love, love, love, love, love world-wide sporting events. Anytime such an event is on during the summer, I start to organize my life around it. It has definitely brightened my June/July and made doing my Hermeneutics homework more palatable, though my professor may wonder why such observations as “Dude, why are soccer players all so cute? And such poor actors?” and “C’mon, FIFA, use goal-line technology already!” are scattered through my papers.
5) Air conditioning. It’s hot as (insert cliche of your choice) in SoCar. It’s like the whole state is having a hot flash. I like to pretend my window unit is a campfire and I huddle around it with shaking palms outstretched, soaking in the cold. It’s a beautiful thing.
Ok, y’all! Your turn! 5 things you’re thankful for. . .and go! (Funny story. . .my parents each emailed me their 5 things yesterday. Public commenting is apparently a little bit more intimidating than I thought–so many thanks to those of you who’ve braved it!)