“You’ve Changed” : : The Difference Gratitude Makes

Tuesday is for Reflection

Ann VoskampRereading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, an entire book exploring the “intentional embrace of a lifestyle of radical gratitude,” (from the backcover). This is a discipline that is not easy, but it is a discipline that transforms life, all of life and Ann is a good guide to what the process looks like. 

Read the book. Re-read it if you already have. And keep exploring the process. Let gratitude to the Father for all that we have in Christ and all that he gives us each day transform your heart for the glory of God and the joy of the world.

“You’ve changed.” She turns to me, and I turn to catch the words.

“I have?” She’s caught me off guard. I’m thick-tongued and the cheeks flame and I reach for the pitcher, to pour the cups full and distract from her catching me trying to take wing.

“Yes . . . you’ve changed.” Shelly sets her pot on a trivet, her eyes on me, and I can feel them and I just set out the glasses.

I don’t say it, but I am thinking she may be right and I had felt it for months, the maturing, the swelling, the something different that had begun to happen. But I had thought the re-creation was still embryonic, a bud of hope. I hadn’t thought it had fully bloomed. I hadn’t thought that anyone could see the light in the eyes.

“It’s that list you’ve been writing, isn’t it?” She clatters down bowls.

I concentrate on pouring the water steady into each empty cup.

A fly cuts the surface on one full glass. I can see it—the wounding of water.

“Yes . . .” There. A moment. And yes. “It’s The List.”

— Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, 43.

“The List” was a growing record of things for which Ann was thankful. Notebooks spread around the house to record the little and large, the unexpected and surprising evidences of God’s grace. Maybe starting your own list is part of a transforming pattern for your future. Here’s a link to some of the things on my growing list to prime the pump of your own thinking.


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