Ann Voskamp

1000Her book 1,000 Gifts impacted me forcefully a few years ago. I do not tend to be happy-go-lucky, though my mother used to claim I was. Guess I was quite a bit younger then!!

Reading her devotional this time, I came across something I had unlined in 2013 and likely again in 2017. So here in 2019 I think I should likely cross-stitch and frame it where I will see it often. Short of that I might print it on 4 x 6 cards as a constant reminder!

A lack of doxology leads to depravity.

In case you are unaware of church language, doxology means “An expression of praise to God.” Simple, huh? Until you try to make it a daily habit. Step back from the busy-ness of life and give thanks for 3 things, 3 new things, every single day.

She asserts (and I believe it, too) that if we refuse to thank God daily we fall into depravity, defined as “moral corruption or degradation.” Most of us think of ourselves as morally right and good. But how about when we are not?

Self-examination can show us to ourselves if we are willing to examine ourselves. One way to begin is  write down 3 things a day. “Over the past two decades, studies have consistently found that people who practice gratitude report fewer symptoms of illness, including depression, more optimism and happiness, stronger relationships, more generous behavior, and many other benefits.”(https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/what_we_do/major_initiatives/expanding_gratitude)
Not to mention a stronger faith in the God who is the giver of all good things.

 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIV2011)

So what are you waiting for? Begin the Ann Voskamp challenge. Start your personal list of what you are grateful for. There are a plethora of ways: paper and pen, journal, on-line list. Go ahead! I dare you! That is how she began. On a dare.

I made the 1,000 list once (it took almost a year for me). Then I began again. Dropped the practice and do not even know this minute where I left off. I do know I have begun again.

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