August 22

Paint your world RED!
by Kevin Clark
Luke 17:11-17
I was reading an online blog The Six Habits of Highly Grateful People by Jeremy Adam Smith posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016. In the article, Jeremy challenged me to appreciate the simple pleasures of life. The following is an excerpt from his article.
How bad am I? I’m so bad at gratitude that most days, I don’t notice the sunlight on the leaves of the Berkeley oaks as I ride my bike down the street. I forget to be thankful for the guy who hand-brews that delicious cup of coffee I drink mid-way through every weekday morning. I don’t even know the dude’s name!
I usually take for granted that I have legs to walk on, eyes to see with, arms I can use to hug my son. I forget my son! Well, I don’t actually forget about him, at least as a physical presence; I generally remember to pick him up from school and feed him dinner. But as I face the quotidian slings and arrows of parenthood, I forget all the time how much he’s changed my life for the better.
Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff. It’s a lens that helps us to see the things that don’t make it onto our lists of problems to be solved. It’s a spotlight that we shine on the people who give us the good things in life. It’s a bright red paintbrush we apply to otherwise-invisible blessings, like clean streets or health or enough food to eat.
Are you painting the people along your daily path with gratitude? In today’s passage, we are shocked when only one of the ten men healed of leprosy returns to thank Jesus. Maybe 10% is normal. Could you imagine how our lives might be different if “normal” were 90%? Paint your world red!

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