There is a common chorus we hear from Impact Trip participants when they get home from Kenya- and I am sure you can identify with the sentiment. The majority of people, when asked what they learned on their trip to Africa, will respond with some version of this:
"The people there were so joyful... they had so little compared to what we have in the U.S., but they were so incredibly welcoming and full of gratitude."
As it turns out, Kenyans are on to something. Above all else, gratitude is the key to happiness. This morning, we want to share a TED talk from David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk who has dedicated most of his life to the pursuit of everyday gratitude. You can view his talk by clicking below:
Lent is a season of reflection that offers us the opportunity to slow down and notice God's presence in our daily lives. This week, I want to challenge you to take some extra time and space to reflect on how you can practice gratitude. Where is the Lord leading you? How can you see the work of the Spirit in your day? When we can create space to reflect like this on a regular basis, we can grow into a life characterized by gratitude.
I also invite you to join the CARE for AIDS team in prayer during this season. You can follow along with our six week Lenten prayer guide, which you can download here.