I know the internet is full of challenges since social media really started to bloom and I am only one of the many people who have tried accomplishing one or more of these. I’ve been wanting to post about this 21-day challenge I did, immediately after I finished it but I got really caught up with work and the free time I have I chose to spend either sleeping or relaxing. But after more or less a month, I’m encouraged to redo this again and not just confine it in 21 days but everyday.
Well first things first. I found this 21-day challenge in a book I finished reading last July, Discovering God’s Will for Your Life by Ray Pritchard. The author told a story about this prayer having a positive effect on people. Fortunate enough, he has an article on it on the web. Here’s the link [x]. I wanted to do it immediately after reading about it in a chapter but I said I’ll go finish the book first before I make the 21-day challenge a commitment. What can I say? I finished reading the book a day before my first day at work and it was perfect timing.
I decided to create a simple graphic for the prayer and I used it as the lock screen for my phone. I actually prayed for the diligence to go about this CONSISTENTLY for 21 straight days. Upon waking up, the minute I opened my eyes, I immediately looked at my lock screen and prayed:
Heavenly Father, You are in charge of everything that will happen to me today – whether good or bad, positive or negative. Please make me thankful for everything that happens to me today. Amen.
Yes, indeed it was simple. And I didn’t feel any “magical” effect after but I trusted that God was in control for the day (well, the fact is, He is, every single day). The first day was pretty ordinary, but by the end of the day, I realized I didn’t feel too annoyed with anything and though I was a few minutes late for my first day, I didn’t really get pissed off (which would have actually happened in a normal, challenge-free day). So I went on with this for 21 days and these are just a few positive effects.
- I didn’t really feel bad though I was stuck in traffic. I started thinking of things to do, places to visit, and think about other stuff while travelling instead.
- No matter how a total stranger, whether a fellow commuter or someone who crossed paths with you while walking, did something that could really test my temper, I actually felt… nothing. I just shrugged it off and smiled.
- When something went wrong with my training workshop, I just repeated the prayer in my mind and always think that God is in control.
These are just a few and I challenge you to do it to experience it. The thing I love about this prayer is the fact that it is inclined to Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” By the end of 21 days, I realized that it was good to always keep in mind that God is in control whenever something turns up bad, may it be a small or major thing in your day. And surprisingly, it was 21 days of good vibes and acceptance of everything that happened in a daily basis.
Right now, I am actually on my third day of redoing this challenge. I made something up that you can save on your computer/phone as a reminder for you to pray this everyday.
Drop me a comment or message if you decide to do it too! I hope you be blessed! x