Key Verse: Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father. Ephesians 5:20.

There are two kinds of gratefulness. There’s the pleasure sensation of receiving something you want or need. While on your ride-share in the rain, a friend walks by and says, “Hey jump in with us.” Grateful, for sure.

The other kind of gratefulness is a state of being where we are mindful of the sheer beauty of everything and everyone around us. When we endeavor on a mission trip, the first couple weeks tend to be what is called the “honeymoon” phase. Long-term missionaries continue to move through the stages of culture shock, which also include frustration, adjustment, and acceptance and take months to work through.

The wonderful advantage of serving short-term is that you are gifted with a honeymoon experience. This means you are positioned to find beauty everywhere you look.

  • A garden
  • A staircase
  • A child
  • A tunic
  • New flower varieties
  • Vegetables in the open market

Everyday is new and exciting. We are alive to every sound, smell, and taste. Even the way light bounces off all that we see seems miraculous.

And now after our experience, in our home, in our town; We begin to notice new things for the first time. The quality of our streets. The paint on a neighbor’s shed. A tiny store tucked behind the gas station on the corner. A woman who waits for a bus every single morning at 7:42 as we drive past.

Everything new we notice in the midst of our daily routine is an invitation to a godly adventure.

Walk into that store. Get to know the shop keeper. Bring your friends from church to the store. Make it the place where you always buy at least one thing.