When I first started this, I found it really difficult to take myself out of the equation. I wanted to give Him thanks for something He's done for me or thank Him for answering one of my prayers. I almost walked back over to my computer on Monday to blog about it. But I wanted to give it more time and see what would happen throughout the week.
A couple of days into it, I found myself really trying to focus hard on God's character. I was pondering that incredible idea of self-referencing, unconditional love from Psalm 136, and found myself filled - no, overflowing - with praise and gratitude. It was a very difficult and different experience to consciously put aside my own thoughts and desires to focus more on the thoughts and desires of God. The result was soul satisfaction that caused me to pour out praise and thanks to Him for who He is. That, in return, made me want to love and serve others because I had experienced Him and felt naturally moved to share it.
This, I believe, is what is at the heart of true Christian living. It's a denial of self so that God can be glorified - and in doing so, I stop thinking about what I need to do for God and simply allow God to do whatever He wants to in and through me. It's at this moment that I truly understand who God is and who I am in relation to him. What happens after that is mysterious and amazing because it's God's work, not mine.