Trust and thankfulness. Small words, difficult practices. Trust means placing confidence in the integrity, strength, ability or surety of a person or thing. Thankfulness means being grateful or appreciative. There is an object to both of these practices. We trust in something or someone and are thankful to something or someone. Scripture is full of these two topics, maybe because they are both so hard. How often I place my trust in things or people other than God! How frequently I am looking to the next moment and forgetting to be thankful for the one I’m experiencing! I’m spending some time this week cultivating and practicing trust and thankfulness. Here’s how:
I’m asking for help. I’m praying this simple prayer: Father in heaven, please cultivate in me a thankful heart that trusts you in every moment and every experience. Help me have eyes that see all the ways you love me and a mouth that remembers to thank you. Remind me that you are trustworthy, and when I place my trust in you, I find peace.
I’m repeating this to myself: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5) I am constantly leaning on my own understanding, like 90% of the time. I’m going to try to loosen my grip. I don’t understand that much, after all.
I’m saying or writing thankful. There is something quite passive about “being thankful.” I am generally thankful. But being generally thankful somehow prevents me from being specifically thankful. What I mean is that I am actually more full of thanks (and joy!) when I name the thing or person for which I am thankful. The other night I was driving home from a hectic evening and Miles Davis was playing. In my car, I said: “God, thank you for Miles Davis and this part right here of So What.” Really, try it. Name it.
I’m speaking the name of Jesus. When I feel anxious, I’m going to notice, and speak Jesus’ name into the moment, trusting him with all my heart and reminding myself that my hope is not in anything but him. When I feel rushed, I’m going to notice, and speak Jesus’ name into the moment, slowing down and thanking him for the way he is loving me right then and there.
What’s your week look like?
Are you trusting God, or something else?
Can you express your thanks for each moment?