While preparing for my Sunday school teaching — a lesson on “do not envy” — I found this brilliant tutorial on how to make a Gratitude Tree, which I’ve renamed the Thank You tree.
Again, this was meant to be a project for the kids — but like all good ideas intended for others, it made me think about my own life. Was I thankful? After cutting a few leaves to attach so I could shoot this, I thought about the blessings I am grateful for. Amazingly, once I wrote one down on a leaf, more blessings came to mind. There, I believe, lies the magic. When we intend to find the good in our lives, and call each one by name or write them down, we will find it. Oprah Winfrey put it perfectly: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Thanksgiving is a way to water a parched spirit — by finding reasons to be grateful, we moisten the dry soil of our hearts. When we focus on the good instead of what’s lacking, we shift our gaze from the barrenness of the land to the the tree in the middle of the garden, its boughs heavy with blessings already present in our life.
Oh, and thank you for taking time to read this.
* For the full tutorial, go to piikeastreet.com.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).