The Thankfulness Challenge
Challenge. Grow. Inspire.
Recently, a family friend was diagnosed with brain cancer. It is stage 4, and the doctors say she has two years to live. Her kids are spread out across the states and need prayer. I can't even fathom what this wonderful family is going through right now, but it has made me reflect on the blessings I have in my life. I chatted with my mom about the sad news and she said, "Isn't it odd how we don't realize what we have until it's gone?" That hit me. I decided to make a list of 5 things I'm grateful for and let that fuel my week. My challenge is below!
1. A Healthy Mindset
My, this is a big one. If you have been following me for a little while now, you know I struggled through an eating disorder a few years ago. I hated my body, I treated it poorly and was very self conscious. Since finding freedom in God's image of me, his gift of showing me Tone It Up, and constantly searching for His truth, I have grown to have a much healthier mindset. I am free to view my obstacles as opportunities. I have been given the passion to help others. I have found a love for myself which has given me the freedom to love others better. A shift in perspective, a change of view, a clearer future has given me a healthy mindset. If you want to change something, you must first change your mind. That's why this challenge is so good for me. It is causing a change in perspective.
2. A Healthy Body
I am beyond grateful that I have a body that works, and works well. Sure, I have had two knee surgeries, my body aches on planes, and I get sore, but my body works. It grows, it stengthens, it heals. I have been blessed with but one body in this life and I want to treat it well so I can continue to have a healthy one. We are only given one of these, why not treat is like that? Food for thought :)
My family is number one. The Lord has given me a loving husband, four sisters, and incredible parents who all love me for me. They are always beside me to comfort me when I need it, to laugh uncontrollably, and to give me a little kick in the booty when I need to shape up. My family and friends are encourage me to grow and become a better version of myself. I am grateful that my family is constantly pushing me to become more like the Lord as that is my purpose in this life.
4. Summer Weather
My goodness, am I the only one who is obsessed with warmer weather? I dread the cold (honestly, I'm pretty sure I have seasonal depression), but this summer has given me new life. I feel excited to take on each day. I love crop tops and cute shorts. I love sitting on the boat at my in-law's lakehouse every weekend. I love looking at the beauty of nature in the summer. Flowers in full bloom, the green of the grass, the butterflies sailing through the air-all has such a beauty that I am blown away by daily.
5. Opportunities for Growth
This is a big one. I am grateful for not only what is NOW, but what is TO COME. I know I can trust my future to the Lord who has plans "to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:1). I love that whatever happens, God is with me everywhere I go. I am looking for new opportunities to grow in many ways. One area I'm looking to develop is in fitness- specifically, personal training. I am currently toiling with the idea of getting certified so I can be challenged and be better able to serve others. What do you think?
“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.” ―Richelle E. Goodrich.
"Thankfulness is an essential ingredient for joy. There’s no way to “rejoice always” (1 Thess. 5:16) without giving thanks in everything (v. 18). That’s why ungrateful people are so grumpy. Joy is an inner sense of contentment, which flows from a deep assurance that all God’s purposes are good and He’s in complete control of every situation. With that kind of supernatural joy, it’s easy to be thankful." -Vertical Living Ministries
What are you thankful for? I challenge you to list 5 things you are thankful for and dwell on them today. Let them fuel your week out of gratitude and opportunity. Once we focus on the blessings the Lord has provided, we are far more likely to be joyful and fulfilled. The disappointments fade. We need to tune our senses to our gifts rather than our faults; let us be inspired out of gratefulness.