The other night I read a great article from John Kralik, a former attorney and now a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. What makes his story interesting is that he was at a very low point in his life. He was going through a second divorce, hated his job as an attorney, hardly saw his two older sons, and the law firm he started was hemorrhaging money. He also was a person who did not wake up happy. However, one day on a hike he heard a "mysterious"voice tell him, "Unless you learn to be grateful for the things you have, you will not receive the things you want." So John ventured out to write a thank you note to someone each day for a year. As a result he learned a few things along the way: (1) When things go wrong, people are quick to complain and assign blame. (2) When things are going well, people don't say anything or give credit - or thanks. (3) The more thank you notes he wrote, the more he found to be grateful. The interesting thing about John's story is that it doesn't have an ending. That is because he never stopped writing thank you notes. He have written over 700 thank you notes - and that was three years ago. He feels his life is abundant, full of blessings, a grateful person.
As we travel this down this Holy Week, how thankful are we? Do we grumble when things aren't going well, and we don't say anything positive when things are going well? When is the last time you said "Thank you" to someone - a cashier, a friend, your spouse, your children? So, how about picking up John's habit of writing "Thank you" notes. I like the idea and might try it. Who knows what might happen? You might get a "thank you" from me, or maybe someone else.
Remember to take time and pray today. It could be for our troops, a friend, someone listed in our worship folder, something you are facing. Pray about it. While you're at it, take some time to praise and thank God for your blessings. We serve a great God!