3 x 5

A week from today, in the US, is Thanksgiving. That’s scary for most of the people I talk to. We are stunned that the year has gone so fast.

But whether it feels fast or slow, in actual days it has been 320 days since January 1. Whether we’re feel guilty about wasting time or grateful for investing time, it has been 320 days since January 1.

One way to invest time is to spend a little of it planning what to do. Here are a few suggestions for the days between now and next Thursday, to give us some things for which to be thankful.

  1. Read Psalm 1 in the morning. Write “meditate day and night” on a 3×5 card. Stick in your pocket. When you take the card out of your pocket, think about that phrase.
  2. Ask God and yourself who you need to apologize to. Write that name on a 3×5 card and put it in your pocket. Apologize. Shred the card.
  3. Write a note on a 3×5 card to someone you haven’t seen for a month. Put it in an envelope. Address the envelope. Mail it.
  4. Write “The Lord is my Shepherd” on a 3×5 card. Each time you realize that you are looking for another shepherd today, pull out the card and put an x. And remind yourself that the Lord is willing to offer direction and comfort. Each time you realized that someone else is trying to shepherd you, pull out the card and put an n. And remind yourself that there are many voices calling to you that are not his. At the end of the day say, “But, after all that, the Lord is my shepherd.”
  5. Write “Nicely done” on a 3×5 card. Sign your name. Leave it under a paperclip on a report from a kid, or on a keyboard, or under the plate at the restaurant. Or just look at it before you go to bed.

3 x 5


About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

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