One List Everyone Should Keep This Year
A few years ago I stumbled upon something. I wish I could say it changed the world, but it didn’t. It only changed mine.
I’ve been journaling for a few years now, but a few years ago I did something different. During a time of prayer I felt like the Holy Spirit told me to set aside a few pages in my journal and write down every time the Lord blessed me. This sounded a little self-serving, but I did it any way.
I simply set aside about 5 blank pages in my journal and at the top of the first page I wrote, “My Blessings 2013.” This year it will obviously say, “My Blessings 2016.”
Every time I felt like the Lord blessed me with something I wrote down the date and what He did. I wrote several pages worth of things ranging from:
- A friend bought me lunch today.
- I had the opportunity to minister to someone today.
- I went on a mission trip to Puerto Rico.
- I got to stay in a friend’s condo for a week for free at the beach.
- I spent some great quality time with my oldest daughter.
These are just some of the things I wrote down. It was certainly a lot more than this and many of them were personal and special for me. Many of them were simple things the Lord did to show me that He loved me.
I began to write these things down because it’s easy to have a pity party when things aren’t going well in your life. At some point in the year I’m going to have a bad day and want to give up. I also wrote them down because I wanted a tangible reminder of how much God has done for me.
Another great side affect of this list is my sense of gratitude towards the Lord and others has been substantially greater. There is nothing I hate worse than seeing a lack of gratitude in someone’s life. Even worse, a lack of gratitude produces a spirit of entitlement. I have enough issues with my life and these are two I need to avoid. In fact, the Lord doesn’t particularly care for it either. If He doesn’t like, then I try to avoid it.
Gifts are tangible expressions of love. The Bible reminds us of this in James 1:17,
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…
When I had the opportunity to review the whole list for 2013 I was pretty amazed as to how much the Lord did for me. It was almost overwhelming to think about.
Every time I was tempted to believe the lie of the enemy that God doesn’t love me I went back and reviewed the list as a reminder of God’s goodness in my life. Our emotions will lie to us, but facts are facts.
I have decided to keep another list like this again this year. It’s encouraged my faith and I bet it would do the same for yours.
Question: Will you give it a try this year?
I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir