You may have seen it going around Facebook lately: “The Grateful Challenge.”
It’s as simple as this, if you are “tagged,” you are supposed to post three things you are grateful for each day, for five days.
At first, I thought it was an awesome thing! I mean, it is always good to give thanks to God for what we have been given.
So I started out positive, giving thanks for the many things that I’ve been blessed with. When I got to day 3, I spent twenty minutes thinking of the “right’ things to give thanks for.
Then poured in the questions: what would people think if I said this or that. What if I forgot to recognize someone in my giving thanks? What if I offend someone with my thanksgiving?
Quite honestly, it felt more like bragging about the things that I have than about giving thanks at all! Yes I am thankful for things, but those things should be between me and God.
I don’t need to publicize my humility because that’s not humility at all.
And I didn’t come to that conclusion on my own… I happened to be convicted by Philippians 2:
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Now, I’ve posted about my struggle with humility in social media before: “What Deleting 500 Facebook Friends Did for my Spiritual Life” . It’s hard. Facebook is a public venue to brag, show off, and shame, even if we don’t mean it.
But today, I think we should use Facebook for God’s glory. Let’s start by doing the Revised Grateful Challenge.
- For 5 days, post one scripture that you are thankful for. Tag 1 person each day. and #revisedgratefulchallenge
- Do not explain your scripture. It’s about God’s word, not our words.
- Meditate on that scripture throughout the day, if you can, memorize it.
- Pray on that scripture. Ask God to use it for His Glory.
You can link to this post for an explanation if you’d like.
That’s all! Let God’s Word do the work. It’s not about us, it’s about Him.
Let’s make God’s Word go viral.