Friday, January 13, 2012

Thanks for Annoying Me

"Nothing undercuts cynicism more than a spirit of thankfulness.  You begin to realize that your whole life is a gift." Paul Miller, The Praying Life

Life is such a gift, and it's fragile.  I want to see life through a thankful lens.  Embrace each day eagerly with anticipation for what comes next, being thankful at every step.

"A thankful heart is constantly extending grace because it has received grace.  Love and grace are uneven.  God poured out on his own Son the criticism I deserve.  Now he invites me to pour out undeserving grace on someone who has hurt me.  Grace begets grace." Paul Miller, The Praying Life

"By thanking God daily for specific things about the person, you will begin to see them for who they are - a gift." Paul Miller, The Praying Life

I want to live with the awareness that each person is valuable.  We may look different, live differently, annoy each other completely, even have different political views! But if I am purposeful in looking for the good in those around me, I might just notice that we all have something to offer.

1 comment:

  1. I agree!! My day always goes better when I choose to live it with purposeful thanksgiving, keeping my eyes focused upward and outward, not inward - why can't I do that every day?