Changing one little word, one little thought, one little action, etc., can sometimes make the world of difference. This came to me the other day. What if we changed one little word from have to get? “I have to get up and go fix breakfast for my family.” What if we made it “I get to get up and go fix breakfast for my family. Firstly, just changing that word gives you a whole new attitude about the task. Secondly, what if we acknowledge the blessings just in that one sentence.
1. I’m able to get up.
2. I’m able to walk.
3. I have food to cook for my family.
4. I probably have a kitchen, therefore I have a home.
5. I have a family.
6. I have the knowledge to cook.
In amongst these above blessings there are a few more.
1. I probably have running water.
2. I probably have electricity.
3. I got up, therefore, I probably have a bed.
I’m sure you can think of even more.
Do you ever find yourself complaining about what you “have to do”? I know I certainly do. Therefore, from here on out I’m going to try to think what I “get to do.” I’m going to change my to do list, to get to do list.
In addition, what a difference this would make in our attitude and our families if we taught them as well. We say to our children you get to go to Susie’s house today, they get excited. However, it may not be the same reaction right away when you say you get to sweep the floor, but I think it may catch on. Especially if they hear us living it as well. “I get to give you a bath tonight” , “I get to fix you some dinner”, “I get to teach you how to make your bed”, etc. Even add excitement in our voices, “Oh your kidding, I get to help you with your homework, I’m so blessed”.
Consequently we could even take it a step further and thank them for letting us do that stuff. Wouldn’t that be a great conversation as you tucked them in at night, or hugged them good night. Maybe even thanks for being my little girl, or my little boy. We don’t want to forget to include our husbands if we have one. For instance, “thanks for choosing me”, “thanks for being my husband”, “thanks for all you do for our family”, “thank you for working so hard for us” etc.. Most importantly, don’t forget to thank God for all those blessings. He is the reason you have them.
I am going to work on this word/attitude change in my life now. Consequently, I have to tell you, I wish I would have had this message/realization when I was a young mom. Not that I can’t still get excited about what I can do for my children, and my grandchildren. I just can tell you that time goes by way too fast and I pray that those of you who still have littles can truly enjoy, embrace, and be grateful for the blessings.
Just some pondering thoughts I wanted to share with you.