A BASIC UNIT OF LIFE
Origin: Proskarteresis(Greek); Pronunciation: pros-kar-ter’-ay-sis
Definition: describes a steadfast single-minded fidelity (faithfulness) to a certain course of action.
“16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Keep a Thankfulness Journal
You’ve decided that you want to keep your temple up to par for God’s Holy Spirit that resides in you, but you don’t know where or how to start. You’ve tried several times to get going, to exercise, to eat healthily, you’ve tried to find an accountability partner and you’ve even tried asking God to give you the strength you need to succeed with your plan. Unfortunately, you haven’t been able to stick with your plan and you may even feel some guilt because you can’t seem to keep moving forward.
The first step to succeeding in any plan is to keep a journal to be able to go back to and remind yourself of why you started your journey and to reread your steps along the path.
Create a thankfulness journal for documenting God’s grace towards you while on your journey to becoming the shining DIAMOND that our supreme being created us to be, that polished temple that He resides in day in and day out. Researchers have found that by keeping a thankfulness journal on a daily basis those people exercised more regularly, had fewer health problems, made greater progress toward important personal goals, experienced less depression, handled stress better and had more energy.1 “10 A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came so that my sheep will have life and so that they will have everything they need.” (John 10:10 GOD’S WORD Translation)
Some Steps to Follow
A thankfulness journal isn’t for lamenting or pouring out your heart to God. The purpose of the journal is to thank God for blessings you in more ways than you could possibly remember. Your pages should be one to two sentences starting with “I am thankful for…” You might enjoy adding drawings and/or mementos to make your words more memorable. Also, write a scripture at the beginning of each day to remind you of who you’re thanking.
Write your personal thoughts for your benefit and God’s glory. Your journal is sacred and intended for your eyes only, God will reward you “6 When you pray, go to your room and close the door. Pray privately to your Father who is with you. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6 GOD’S WORD Translation).
3. Keep It Honest
Only you and God will know what you write, so don’t make the stuff you write bigger or smaller than they are or force yourself to feel a certain way. Write thankful things that apply to your present time.
- Keep It Personal
Comparing what other people are doing or not doing isn’t what your journal is for; use your journal to show God your gratitude for what He has done that day that gave you joy.
- Keep It Specific
Stay away from being general, write exactly what you are thanking Him for. For example, today I was taking my morning walk, it was very hot and sunny. I asked God to give me some shade and within seconds storm clouds covered the sky above me. I didn’t thank God for the shade, I thanked Him for answering my call and keeping the rain away until I finished my walk.
- Keep It God-Affirming
Be thankful for the source of your health and your healing never for things that destroy His temple. “19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB 1995)
IMPORTANT: Review It Often
On days that you need to be reminded of our Supreme Being’s unfailing love for you those are the days that you really need to go back and read your entries. Furthermore, every now and again you should read everything you’ve written up to that day. Then you will find reasons to celebrate your PERSEVERANCE & FAITHFULNESS.
Examples of verses in the Bible about being thankful
~A Coal to a Diamond
- Robert Summons and Michael McCullough, “Highlights from the Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness” 2003