It’s All in the Attitude

“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.” Psalms‬ ‭136:26‬ ‭

I couldn’t help it.

I giggled.

Out loud.

(You would have, too. Don’t judge me.)

I was showing my littles the schedule for the day. I had announced our PE class, and was moving on to the other planned activities.

For those of you not in the know, a trip to the gym for a kid ranks right up there with recess and snack time. It’s a highly prized, delight inducing, sought after slot in the routine.

To help kids learn the schedule, we try to keep the structure as close to uniform as we can. Hence, the Phys. Ed. class at the same time, same spot on the schedule.

Every day.

Every day, PE at 9:00 am.

Every.

Day.

Which is why I giggled when it happened.

I had announced the regular PE class at the regular time, when I was grabbed around the waist by a very exuberant little.

“Oh, Mrs. Lowes!!! PE!! Thank-you-thank-you-thank-you-thank-you-thank-you!!!”

It slipped out.

As I said, I couldn’t help it.

It was just giggle worthy.

To be THAT happy about something that was a given every day of every week was just so cute.

And it sure got me thinking.

It’s all in the attitude…

Imagine getting a joy wiggle over another sunrise tomorrow? Every day, there it is. It just shows up in the schedule, a total given.

Have you thought to say thank you?

Every day, your feet hit the floor. You get up. Your heart is still beating. Your liver has been busy cleaning your blood. Your lungs are expanding and expelling oxygen. Every day, your digestive system takes in more food and transforms it into energy.

Did you stop to do a little happy dance?

No?

I didn’t either.

But I should have!! What a miracle it is, to wake up to a new fresh day (look, the planets didn’t collide in the night!), peel back the covers (wow, muscles are a gift!), and take a hot shower (what a wonderful invention plumbing really is!). Then, I reach for clothes (how lovely to have choices of coverings!) and eat breakfast (someone somewhere grew or raised or created everything I ate!) before leaving for work (being employed is a valuable blessing indeed!)

Each and every one of those gifts could have made me throw my arms heavenward and sing!

But I didn’t.

So I’m doing an attitude check.

Sometimes, I get so focused on what I DON’T have that I miss the huge heaped pile of blessings I DO have.

Sometimes, I’m looking so hard for what I wish I had from afar that I trip over the magnificence right at my fingertips.

It’s all in the attitude.

Cultivate gratitude with me?

Father, forgive me. I skim over my daily blessings because they grow common and I come to believe somehow that I am entitled to them, when they are in reality rare and bountiful gifts from a bountiful God. Help me to be delighted afresh with Your love and faithfulness, which are expressed through nature, friendship, and family in so many remarkable ways. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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