This has been a particularly brutal winter and the litany of stiff and aching bodies is a familiar conversation. It gives a whole new meaning to the command “Take up your cross and follow” that’s worth pondering this morning.
After all, I’m still upright and my legs still work even if my joints are stiff and ache. I live my life and I’m not forced to sit quietly (which in itself is a good thing). All my joints are mine (every last aching one…oh, wait, wait, I almost forgot….) so I intend to quit complaining or even talking about it.
What if we all gave up complaining for Lent? Would the practice be enough to carry us throughout the year into a new way of living? Could we learn gratitude for what and who we are regardless of difficulties?
Does an attitude of gratitude solve everything? No. But it does go a long way towards putting a smile on my face.
Practice gratitude today. See how even the concept makes you smile?