“It is always possible to be thankful for what is given, rather than to complain about what is not given. One or the other becomes a habit of life”
When you sit back and take stock of all that you have in life, what comes to mind. Do you look at all you have and then think, “But what I really need or want is…”? When you take stock of all that you have do you find yourself disappointed and wanting? If so you may need to rethink some things. Let me give an example from my own life:
I can remember thinking back to a time when my wife and I were feeling pretty good that we had a little extra cash on hand. As things often go, it wasn’t a few days later before something went wrong with one of our vehicles. Initially I started thinking, “Why is it every time it seems like I have a little extra money, something goes wrong and I have to spend it on a need rather than a desire.” Then I came to a realization that I should have seen in the first place. I realized that I was blessed to have the extra money to take care of the issue, it would have been a whole lot worse if the issue occurred when the extra money wasn’t there. I should have stopped and taken a moment to realize the blessing that I had to have the funds instead of complain about having to spend it.
If we are really being honest with ourselves, no matter how much we accumulate, we can always want more. How many times have you seen people work real hard on the job to get a promotion and make more money and then it is only a short time before they are disappointed again with their situation. Everything they thought would be different and better with more money isn’t because they still want more. No matter how successful we become, there will always be someone we come in contact with who is more successful or has more than we do. If we start focusing on what they have and what we don’t instead of focusing on all God has given us, we find ourselves unable to enjoy God’s blessings.
The key to a satisfied and fulfilling life is to focus on what you have rather than what you do not have. A life of appreciation is a life worth living. A life spent in want is a long painful journey. I encourage you to ask yourself what type of life you are currently living and see if there is anything you can do to make it better.
<strong>Ps 105:1 “105 Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!”
Ps 107:1 “107 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Eph 5:20 “20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
1 Thes 5:18 “18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Jam 1:17 “17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
Heb 13:5 “5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”