My girlfriend Leah has a journal that she writes in at night, where she answers the following three questions:
What is one thing I was grateful for today?
What is one way I showed love today?
What was one thing I learned today?
She has been answering those questions for herself for awhile now, but last month, we started answering these questions together. When we call each other to say good night, we each take turns sharing our three answers to these questions.
Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.”
Days contain so many different elements. So many things to celebrate, to give thanks for, to be excited about. At the same time, they also contain disappointments, mistakes and difficulties. However, if you are anything like me, it is so easy to focus on the negatives more than the positives.
What I love about ending my day with “Grateful, Love, Learn” is that it helps me end my day with a Philippians 4:8 mentality. I have seen the Holy Spirit use this mentality to help me get a better night’s rest and as we know, good sleep helps make for a better tomorrow, where I can be more aware of all the excellent and praiseworthy things that are happening around me.
So I invite you to either journal or have a conversation with a friend or family member to end your evenings where you talk about one thing you were grateful for, one way you showed love, and one thing you learned. See what amazing things God does with this Philippians 4:8 mentality!
- Pastor Joel