Relating Think and Thank
Did you know that the English root word of “thank” comes from think or feel?
In order to be thankful, you have to first think, to formulate in your mind the things you are thankful for. It doesn’t seem like such a grand new discovery, but it was to me. I could not just muster up a general spirit of thankfulness. I had to think of specific things in my mind. I had to ponder what I was thankful for.
So … Th(i)nkful
th(i)nkful is a blending of thinking and thanking, and is designed to cultivate thinking thanks.
It is estimated that a person may have up to 50,000 thoughts a day. Many of these thoughts are automatic thoughts because you have conditioned your mind to do something over and over again. My desire is to inspire you to develop a brain pattern that makes you automatically look for the things that you can think thanks for in every circumstance that you encounter.
Connecting Good With A Giver
Being th(i)nkful is not just being thankful for; it is being thankful to. It is delivering that beautiful present of your thanks to whom it is due. God, first and foremost. He has given you the air you breathe at this second. He is ultimately the One worthy to receive our th(i)nkful gift.
What if we just harnessed 5 of those 50,000 thoughts each day to focus on numerating 5 things that we are thankful for and wrap that gift up and present it to the Lord. Let me give you an example:
I am thankful that:
- I am able to breathe well right now. No coughing or wheezing.
- My eyes work great. I can see color and even focus with my glasses on.
- My incredible husband helped me get this blog started even though I feel such fear and trepidation.
- This afternoon I got to WeChat with our youngest child in China and her face made me rejoice.
- I can speak a foreign language. God let me learn that as a child growing up in Norway. That is just so cool!
Thank You, God.