It’s as Simple as ABG

 
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Welcome to DAY THREE of our five-part reading plan to help you discover ancient habits for modern living that will transform your life.

Top Tip - Adding transformational habits is as simple as ABG. A good way to add these into your life is at the beginning and the end of the day.

Bible

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Habakkuk 3:17 Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,

18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Devotion

A farmer’s horse ran away. His neighbours said, “What a shame!” He said, “Maybe.”.

The next day, the horse came back, and it brought more wild horses with it. The neighbours said, “How wonderful!”. The farmer said, “Maybe.”.

The next day, a horse stepped on the farmer’s son’s arm, breaking it. The neighbours said, “How horrible!”. The farmer said, “Maybe.”.

The next day, the government came to the village, drafting people for the war. They passed over the farmer’s son because of his broken arm. “How wonderful!” the neighbours said. The farmer said, “Maybe.”.

This might seem like a silly story, but it shows us that how we view things will determine how we feel and act towards them. Being grateful is seen throughout the pages of the Bible and should always be our normal posture at all times.

Gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation.

When we consider these two passages it helps us to see how, when and why we should practice gratitude. We can see that there are a number of keys that if used, will allow us to live well.

  • Rejoice always

  • Do not be anxious

  • Pray to God

  • Think the best and not the worst

  • Follow a good example, and then get going

  • Be grateful no matter the circumstances

Now, even science shows that being grateful creates new pathways in the brain to allow us to become a more positive person even in the space of two weeks.

Game Changer

  1. Each day as you sit down to eat with family or friends. Ask each other for three things they are grateful for. Note, they can’t all be the same.

  2. Journal each morning and write down three things that you are grateful for. Do this within the first 30 mins of being awake. This will set you up for a brilliant day.

Prayer

God, this is the day that You have made, therefore I will be glad, grateful and rejoice in all that You have done and will continue to do.

Day three complete. You’re crushing this.

Day three complete. You’re crushing this.