Don’t you love how fast little round wheels can make you go on a skateboard?
There is another natural force that also interests me. When you put two magnets together, one side attracts and one repels. That is just the way it is. I love being able to take advantage of something that just is because God put it into nature.
One of the advantages of being th(i)nkful is that it naturally repels complaining. When grumpy meets th(i)nkful, they repel each other. In other words they are not good bedfellows. One has to leave.
When you choose to think thanks about every circumstance in your life, whether those circumstances are positive, neutral, or negative, you are creating a natural repellent to ingratitude and complaining.
When our kids were little, I would teach them the ABC’s of Scripture memory. We had a verse for every letter of the alphabet. I can still quote those verses as we drilled them often into our minds. The ‘D’ verse was “Do all things without murmuring and disputings.” (Phil. 2:14).
Complaining and murmuring seemed to come very easily to young children, and well, for that matter, to not so young children. In fact, even as adults, most of our problems seem to be rich people problems. “I lost my iPad, or our dryer just died, or we muddied our really good track shoes, or I didn’t get to the sale on time.” We are blessed to even having such problems.
Choosing to think thanks about whatever it was that initiated the complaining had a way of expelling the ingratitude.
Choose to be Thankful
Really, it is not that hard. Just choose to be thankful! You refuse to think the grumpy thoughts of complaining and instead exercise your will to think thanks about whatever is in front of you.
The beautiful natural thing that happens is that you begin to repel the negative force of murmuring and you experience grace to embrace prickly things that God has ordained in your life to make you more like His Son.
My Own Choice
I am writing this to stimulate you to think thanks, but I’ll let you in on a secret. I need to be reminded of these principles myself. David and I have had the unique privilege of doing extensive traveling this past year and it is not over yet. Our journeys have taken us from New Zealand to China; Seattle to Philadelphia; Kansas to Wisconsin. Later this year we are moving to Amanzimtoti, South Africa. Yes, it is amazing. I really do love it. BUT…it is exhausting and I struggle to choose gratitude at times.
So, let me make a th(i)nkful list in regards to travel:
- We get to experience and learn so many new things
- Our own view of life is challenged when we observe how others live
- Seeing how big the world is makes us realize how big our God is
- We get to taste different foods
- Connection with the Body of Christ all over the world is extremely encouraging
- We get a vast amount of exposure to illustrate lessons of life
- We may be a connection point for other people
- God gives us enough strength to do His will
So here’s to future trips coming up! I choose to think thanks and get on my roller blade. David, I am right behind you! 🙂
Simple Travel Tips
There are tricks you can put into use that ease the difficulties.
- Plan out a clothes package that mix and matches
- Drink lots of water to help with air travel
- Perhaps take an aspirin the day before air-travel to thin your blood
- When flying, get up and move from time to time to avoid bloodclots
- Have a checklist to go over so you don’t forget important things like charging cords, brush or comb, makeup, toothbrush and toothpaste, inflatable neck pillow, headphones, reading material
- Have a toiletry bag with things just for travel if possible
- Keep thank you cards in your suitcase