“… and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel,
that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’
Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:5-7, NKJV).
I read this passage last week and immediately thought of my brother David. Last semester, he shared a challenge with my seventh grade class, a challenge which included handing out what he calls “gratitude rocks.”
There’s nothing special about the rocks themselves. They’re ordinary. They’re not the point.
The point is that if you carry the rock around in your pocket and you feel or see it throughout the day, it reminds you to think of something for which you’re grateful. Something great or small that God’s done in your life.
Ours is a culture of complainers. We see the glass as half empty instead of half full. We miss out on blessings because we’re so blindsided with something that didn’t go our way.
Find a pebble or stone, and put it in your pocket – or on your desk. When you see it, think of something good God has done for you. He’s done so much we simply take for granted.
Develop a habit of gratefulness.