I find it easy to give thanks for the big things in life – health, relationships, home, job – you know, the ones we are all supposed to appreciate. It is more challenging for me to be grateful for the seemingly little things like a delicious meal, a stranger holding the door for me, or a note from a friend. Sometimes, I even feel weird expressing appreciation for the smaller things – as if I’m being silly to make note of them.
But then I remember Ephesians 5:20:
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are instructed to give thanks for everything. Not just the “big ticket” items or the miraculous moments, but the every day treasures that are so often overlooked in our rush-here, rush-there, always-wanting-more world.
Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle. The miracle of eucharisteo, like the Last Supper, is in the eating of crumbs, the swallowing down one mouthful. Do not disdain the small. The whole of the life—even the hard—is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole. – Ann Voskamp | 1,000 Gifts
The opposite of thankful is thankless, critical, unappreciative. That’s now how I want to be perceived and that’s not how I want to live my life. But if I’m not consciously appreciating little things, how can I truly be grateful for the big ones?
Maybe the small things aren’t really small. Maybe I just take them for granted and make them seem small. Maybe the small things are really big things that my heart skips right over as it seeks out the larger blessings.
Today. Everyday. Let us be sincerely grateful for the big and little blessings we have been given.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. – John Milton
If you are traveling today, be safe and THANKFUL for the chance to be on the road with all the other crazies. :)