Today I did something extra ordinary for me. I didn’t feel like being at work, I didn’t sleep well. It was a typical monday, my nerves were wracked, we had an irate customer yelling and screaming in the lobby, and the last thing I felt like doing was being gracious.
I made a conscious decision today after lunch, that for the next 4 hours of my shift, I would continually thank the Lord.
In between words with people, while waiting for an old lady to make her way down to my work area, while kids were screaming frantically in the lobby, while people rudely barged into my thoughts, I thanked God. I thanked Him for my job, for my child, the promises He has put in my heart that have yet to come to completion. I thanked him for people in my life, and when I couldn’t get anything else out, I simply said, just “thank you”. No - this is no warm and fuzzy devotional. Before today, I never decided to do something of the sort. I do thank the Lord through the day but I wanted to do it for a solid 4 hours. Because He is worthy. Even when I was irritated, I whispered, “thank you Lord”.
Interestingly enough, my day was lighter, and my nerves calmed down.
This was no easy task for me. Usually when things are quiet we get with the Lord and commune. I was dead set to commune among the chaos. When all I wanted to do is scream from the inside out, “ WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?”, I quieted my self and just said, “Thank you Lord”. It was amazing to see the transition of my attitude.
I may challenge myself again to do this. He is worthy of 4,000 hours of thanks. I imagine if God sent 2 Angels to earth to collect prayers/requests and thanksgivings… one angel would have their hands full, and the other near empty.