It happens all the time. I get everything together for a nice dinner at home. I’m sure I have everything, so I finally sit down, relax, and get ready to eat. It is when I am finally sitting and feeling peaceful that I realize something I forgot.
The above scene played out again today. I finally sat down to enjoy the barbecue meal I cooked, and took the first bite. It was when some mustard squirted on my face that I knew I forgot the napkins. I didn’t want to get up. After all, I was sitting for the first time all day. My daughter was the only one that was near the napkins. I didn’t specifically ask for napkins, but instead said…”thank you so much. I can’t believe you were so thoughtful to do that”. She didn’t say anything either. However, she knows me all too well, and without a word brought napkins not only to me, but to her sisters as well.
Her sisters looked and wondered what had just happened. At first they wondered why I was thankful for nothing that had happened. Then they thought..”how did she know”? What just happened here? My explanation consisted of two things. One was a play on psychology, and the other was what I will explain here.
I have heard of people who are thankful for many things in their life, including things that haven’t even happened yet. They thank God for past victories and future blessings. I was so amazed at the display of faith of advanced thanks that I began to do that on my own. I often thank God for things I prayed for even before they happen. When I do this, several things happen. One is that my faith grows. I have a stronger belief that what I am praying for and seeking to accomplish is more likely to come about. Two, is that I am more focused on God and the goal instead of hurdles that can get in the way. Three is that I feel an accountability. I have already thanked God and my faith is stronger, so the result I am seeking must come about. At least that’s how I feel. As a result, I am more likely to act and do my part to bring the results to pass. The more the mind believes something will happen, the more likely the desired result will come about.
One thing to add, is that I find it very helpful to be thankful for ANY result. We don’t always get what we want, and that’s a good thing. We don’t have all the answers, and an alternate result can be protecting us from something we didn’t forsee or bringing us something better, or both.
I find it very peaceful and beneficial to say thank you in advance. If it’s to a person, I feel like they will go out of their way for my best interests. If it’s to God, He will happily bring blessings my way. All this besides getting delivered a napkin to wipe the mustard off my face : )
Have an excellent day!