Do you constantly feel the gratitude attitude? If any of us can be truly honest, there are times in life when the gratitude feels like it has taken the back seat! That doesn’t mean we are an un-thankful people it just means our focus is in the wrong place.
Let’s be real here. There are hard moments in life like sickness, losing jobs, marital problems, wayward children, health crisis and the list goes on. Many of us are experiencing struggles and hard times. If we are not careful it can truly drain the joy right out of you. What can we do?
Make a choice. Make a conscious decision to redirect our focus on truly all that God has done or blessed us with. Psalms 68:19 says, Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. God each and everyday gives us many things to be thankful for. God is good. Make an effort to look around and not stare at the “problems/issues” that can zap our joy, but focus our attention of all the other things that we have been blessed with!
Make a list. When you don’t feel the thankful -gratitude attitude, make a list of all the things you can be thankful for. Sitting down with an old fashion pen and paper and start numbering one by one the things that you have been blessed with….it’s truly eye opening! This helps get our focus on the positive and not all that is negative. Keep in mind God can and will use all things in our life good and bad for His good!
“Count your blessings name them one by one, Count your blessings see what God has done, Count your blessings….name them one by one. Count your many blessings see what God has done.”
Make a time for praise. Lifting our voices to God and giving Him praise will put everything in perspective. No matter what is going on around us, acknowledging that God is sovereign, God is in control, God knows, and He alone deserves all praise for all things. (Praise also is a weapon against the devil!) Psalms 92:1 says, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High.” Even the Bible reminds us that it’s a good thing to give thanks and praise to God!
So where ever you are today……Look to Jesus! He is our hope! He is our guide! He is the one who brings peace and comfort! Today take time to focus your thoughts on all the God has done for you! Remember there is ALWAYS something to be thankful!!!
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18
What are YOU thankful for? Are you struggling to find gratitude?