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I'd like to propose that we start a group project to change our lives in a simple, but potentially profound way. Every weekend, I'd like to meet you and some other blog readers here to cultivate the habit of thankfulness. If you want to join me for a while, then share something below t…
By Seth Barnes
I'd like to propose that we start a group project to change our lives in a simple, but potentially profound way. Every weekend, I'd like to meet you and some other blog readers here to cultivate the habit of thankfulness. If you want to join me for a while, then share something below that is potentially negative and share why you're grateful for it.
 
This website can help jumpstart you. Leah writes notes to various things and people in her life that threaten her attitude. For example, not many of us enjoy uncertainty. But Leah writes, "Dear Uncertainty, Thanks for also essentially being possibility. I'm a lot more into you when I think of you that way. All the best, Leah"
 
Or her note to Scott: "Thanks for calling out my name as I ascended the steps to the party. You do wonders for my mild social anxiety.  xo Leah"
 
We can't control what random things sideswipe us in life, but we can control our response. Maybe you're like me – basically a positive person. But then life happens to you. This week, I've had a wicked cold – a scratchy throat and hacking cough made it hard to sleep last night. And I'm so tempted to let my attitude just go in the toilet.
 
But then I look around at the positive things in my life – the stuff I take for granted that isn't broken, that works – and I'm able to gain perspective. So here's my note to my cold: "Dear Wicked Cold, Thanks for making me more aware of what a gift it is to have a normal, healthy body. And thanks for leaving my kids alone. Cheers, Seth"
 
I suggest that you try it and that you begin to work on seeing things from a different perspective. We cooperate with God as we take note of everything he has placed around us that is a gift. As we thank him for his good gifts, it releases a positive energy – faith – that can be harnessed to accomplish his purposes. Life works much better when we're working in tandem with our creator rather than pulling against him.
 
You may want to read Psalm 136 to jump start yourself – you may want to make a list of things that look like curses, but which have silver linings.
 
I'll meet you at this spot every weekend for a while. I invite you to join me. We can encourage one another and have church together. Go ahead and try it – write a note below.

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