God’s Grace and Tacos

How I’m Building the Habit of Gratefulness

Today is the first day of the last month of my twenties. I know that I will probably celebrate my birthday by eating tacos. I eat some sort of Mexican food on my birthday every year.

I don’t have any great platitudes to share about turning 30. I do wish that I had developed a habit of gratefulness during the past decade. I think I would have been much happier throughout the years.

Happiness is a choice. You can try to pursue it many different ways, but being grateful is a proven path.

I have a goal to build my sense of gratitude for my life. Turning 30 is a good time to build this habit. This time often causes people a lot of anxiety. I have the physical goal of learning how to swim. I think it is equally important to have a mental and spiritual goal as well.

A lady from my church who I admired passed away this year. She was always positive and grateful even though she knew her life was ending. Gratitude seemed effortless even in the worst times because it was part of who she was.

Here’s my plan for building this habit. I hope that at some point it becomes engrained in my life too.

Everyday this month I’m going to write 5 things I’m thankful for on my notepad. On my birthday, September 1, I’ll have at least 155 blessings to read. In the Bible, the number 5 symbolizes God’s grace and favor.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate turning a year older than to realize 155 examples of God’s grace. I will probably read it while I’m eating my tacos.

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