“5 for 5” Challenge: What Are You Grateful for?


Gratitude is a gift.  It is saying “Yes!” to life.

Last Sunday, I preached on my favorite scripture passage, Philippians 4:4 – “Rejoice in the Lord, always, and I say it again: Rejoice!”

At the end of the sermon, I asked everyone to take on the “5 for 5” Challenge.  That is, take five minutes each day for quiet meditation and reflection.  At the end of those five minutes, write down five things you are grateful for.

It’s that simple!  But, I believe this simple practice has the potential to connect you more deeply to God and change your outlook on life.

So, how is it going?  I want to know!  I invite you to share your stories and some of the things that you are grateful for.

Here are some of my thoughts from Day 1 of the challenge:

Day #1 – Today, I am thankful for…

  1. The gift of this beautiful, magnificent day!  The sun is shining and there are white puffy clouds floating in a clear blue sky.
  2. Riding my bike on the Macomb Orchard trail.  I had forgotten how beautiful this trail really is, especially north of Romeo, riding past farmer’s fields, woods, and the occasional old barn.
  3. Fresh peaches, corn, and donuts still warm from the fryer at Westview Orchards.  we are blessed to live in an area with so many farms, orchards, and cider mills.  What a joy to experience at the end of summer!
  4. To watch my dog, Zeke, rolling contentedly in the grass in the bright sun.
  5. Going to a baseball game with my neighbor and friend and watching the Utica Unicorns!  The gift of community!

My list may be a little wordy, (Remember, I am a pastor) but your doesn’t have to be!

What are you thankful for?

Please leave a comment and share the things you are thankful for!

Blessings Always,

Pastor Jim



3 thoughts on ““5 for 5” Challenge: What Are You Grateful for?

  1. Thankful for family, Jesus, friends, my country , music, food, my faithful companion Missy, neighbors each new day and God’s grace. There’s nothing better than spending time with God before the daily activities of life fill our time.


  2. Thursday, Thankful for fellowship at garden club with many long-time friends and met four new members today. Thankful for a beautiful sunny day. Thankful for my family who brought dinner for all of us to share and enjoy just being together. So many blessing to thank God for.


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