One of the pieces of memorabilia I brought back from Israel was a cross. It’s a smooth, palm-size cross—made of olive wood. It’s become a “relic” for me.
The basic idea is simple. Whenever my hand contacts the cross—usually several times a day—I give thanks to God. In the mornings it is more routine—for family and friends, church and community, and for myself.
During the day it is usually a simple thank you for what is happening at that moment, whether good or bad.
It is amazing how this changes my perspective and, ultimately, my attitude. Instead of seeing the glass half-empty, I see it half-full. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I focus on what I do have—right now.
If I’m not careful I tend to focus more on what is not, rather than what is. I imagine you do too.
- We wish that “whatever” were bigger—or smaller.
- Or that we could get a different job, a different boss, or a bigger paycheck.
- Or live in a different place—city, part of the city, or a different house.
- We complain about our furniture, our car, our stuff.
I’ve always given thanks when I pray, but often it’s just mechanical. Now, I am trying to pause more often to give thanks more thoughtfully.
When you give thanks to God is it just routine? What helps you keep a more positive attitude?