I just finished reading “one thousand gifts” last night. Wow. What a ride! It’s a book I’m going to have to read over and over. So much poetic imagery and language. Men may not like the writing style so much, but it’s sure to capture the hearts of many women. I’m not sure I can even give a good overview, but I’ll try.
She starts off with a dare. A dare from a friend to write down 1000 gifts from God. 1000 things to be thankful for. Over the course of 18 months she not only surpasses 1000 easily, but finds her entire life so transformed by the act, that family and friends remark on how it’s changed her. Visible transformation by simply being grateful.
Everything we have comes from the Lord. Every experience we have gone through has come through His permission or volition. Good. Bad. All of it. While noticing and appreciating the good things comes easier, can we thank Him for the hard stuff? The death of someone we love, betrayal, loss of income, cancer, 1000 knives stabbing into our life, used by one skillful surgeon for our good. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thess. 5:18 All?…Does He really mean all? Yikes.
The gist of the book is that learning to give thanks is showing God love. He shows us love in a million different ways every day. We show Him love when we say simply “thank you.” Gratitude blesses God.
So I’ll keep thanking Him everyday for something…lots of things, like warm beds and sweet oranges, sweet boys and helpful girls, lost jobs and found library books, thunderstorms and sunshine. Thank you Lord for it all.