Monday, January 11, 2010

Day 11: The Gratitude Challenge

The Gratitude Challenge calendar says:

Try to see the world through the eyes of a child. Think about the things you take for granted on a daily basis, and then express gratitude for everything down to the basic necessities that sustain your current life.



There are all the obvious little things that we should all be appeciative of, like the air we breath, the shelter over our heads, the clothes that we wear, the food we eat, and the marvels of modern technology (Skype with my in-laws is just amazing to me!), there's the little things that children see that most of us grown-ups have forgotten to see.

I am grateful for these four wonderful examples from children:

1) Running to their parents when they get home from work.

When was the last time I showed excitement to my parents when I saw them?

2) Listening in wonder to a bedtime story or falling asleep to a lullaby.

When was the last time I listened to someone else's story with no judgment?

When was the last time music was more than enough to soothe me from a tired day?

3) A little, inexpensive toy brings so much joy to a child.

Why are expensive tech gadgets always dominant on my wish list?

4) Total dependence on their parents for everything that they need.

Am I in a place of "total dependence" to my Father God in every area of my life?


I thought it was fitting to remind all of us that we could be missing out on living an extraordinary life because of the rush we put ourselves in on a daily basis. Sometimes "playing grown-up" isn't necessarily the best for our souls.

Today, I want to wonder like a child.


Today, I want to admit sinfulness like a child.


Today, I want to trust like a child.

1 comment :

Dori and Auj said...

sabi nga ng matatanda.. ang sarap mabuhay bilang bata.. ;)