The Discipline of Gratitude (from The Return of the Prodigal Son)
Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of complaint.
e.g. see ‘3 Good Things‘, or this jar idea. I certainly did this the year after I was put on antidepressants and it made every day more manageable to scribble, or often draw, 2-3 things that you were grateful for in the day, and allowed appreciation of the small things also.
Instructions for a New Life: Colossians 3:16-17
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” … I’ve been very privileged to be working on Big Bible for the past couple of years where I get to hear great content from lots of different people, giving me more insights into the Bible – and (today) we started using a different book of the Bible as inspiration each month, starting with Genesis.
Prayer: As we pray in God’s name – we declare who he is to us…
Christmas Action: I’m just going to write this out in full:
Be grateful today for all the “little things” done for you that you often may take for granted. Recall this Estonian Proverb: “Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.”
Now, off to Pam’s post…
Note: Written 2nd January.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.