I’m thankful for this meal, but it could have used a little more seasoning. I love my job, however, the people I work with get on my nerves. I’m not complaining; just saying.
Really? That sounds like complaining to us. But don’t feel bad, we all do this, and it’s something we can overcome. That is, if we’re willing to change our perspective.
When we are grateful for: the people in our lives, thing’s God has blessed us with, or the circumstances we find ourselves in; it creates a spirit of thankfulness within us.
When we pick apart, the family and friends who are beside us, find discontent with the things we have, and find fault with our circumstances, it creates a spirit of discontent.
What’s amazing about being grateful is that things in our life don’t have to change, for us to be grateful. We can simply change our perspective by finding gratitude in our present circumstance whatever they may be. As a result, we will live a life with thankfulness.
For instance, let’s take doing laundry. Many of us dread doing laundry every week. Well, instead of dreading the laundry, how about while you’re folding the clothes, you thank God for the clothes you have, and your family who is alive and well for you to do laundry for.
What about cleaning the house? We don’t think there’s a single person who finds joy in cleaning the toilets, but when we change our perspective and choose to thank God for providing a roof over our heads, and not living on the streets; then we will gladly clean the toilet.
What about having to get up every day and go to work. Sure, we would all like to pursue our dreams, hit the lotto, or retire. But instead of complaining that you have to get up and go to work, thank God that you have a job, and you are not unemployed. It will be that gratitude that will keep you in place of finding joy in doing what you have to do, until you are able to do what you want to do.
True thankfulness comes from a sincere place of gratefulness. In which that gratefulness comes from a spirit of gratitude we find in every area of our life. As God’s will for each of us is to be thankful in any and every circumstance.
Sure, we may have challenges with those we love; we may desire to live better and do better. But God gives us more when we prove to Him that we are faithful and grateful with where He has us. If we can’t be grateful in our small house, how are we going to be grateful living in a larger house with larger expenses?
In the hustle of your everyday life, what areas can you change your prescriptive to find gratitude?
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT
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