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Episode 12 of Kindavangelical just released! The Art and Joy of Civil Conversation

The Song of Gratitude

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. —G. K. Chesterton

Happiness makes for great dancing posture. And for those of us who aren’t happy, Amazon sells a “clavicle brace and posture support” so we can fake it.

I’m kidding.

That said, it doesn’t take long to realize that I’m an incredible dancer when life is great. But life isn’t always great. In fact, sometimes—more often than what’s comfortable—life is hard.

By this point in the dance lessons, I’ve learned that to put on appearances is to march. I’ve traded in my marching boots for dancing shoes. I’ve abandoned a life driven by performance so I might live in abandon through the Spirit.

So the question arises: How can I dance beyond circumstances?

How can I dance with shoulders back and head high when heavy circumstances put a definite slump in my posture? Is there any hope beyond Amazon’s clavicle brace?

Yes. Absolutely. The solution to dancing through life’s circumstances is beautifully simple.

Give thanks.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)

I know what you’re thinking. Pete, I just lost my job. My spouse just left. My house will be repossessed next month. Or, My child just said the most hurtful thing.

I’m asking you. Try journaling a list of ten things you’re grateful for each morning for a week. See what happens. It’s the ultimate perspective shifter.

Father, life is hard right now…remind me of the goodness in my life, please.

Step away from the rigidness of religion and dance instead—listen to Pete’s audio series Dance Lessons!
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