But I want to remind you today that there is someone out there who has it worst than you.
Someone who would switch places with you in a heartbeat.
Someone who would be more than happy to walk in your shoes.
So often we get discouraged about what’s going on in our lives.
About the things that are not working out.
About the things that we don’t have.
And we forget to be grateful for the things that are good in our life.
The things we have that someone would only dream of having.
Did you wake up this morning?
Be happy. Even if you started it off on the wrong side of the bed. Not everyone had the opportunity for a brand new day.
Do you have a paycheck that you receive in the mail?
Be grateful. Even if that paycheck comes from working at a job you don’t absolutely love. Not everyone gets money to pay their bills at the end of the month.
Do you have clothes on your back?
Thank God for them. Even if they aren’t the latest style and don’t come from a brand name. Not everyone can afford having a new outfit to wear every day.
Do you have parents that provide for you?
Tell them you love them today. Even if they drive you crazy and don’t seem to understand you. There are millions of orphans out there who would love to have someone to call “mommy” and “daddy” .
Do you have a church family you are part of?
Embrace them and pray for them. Even if you don’t agree with the style of worship, the way a ministry is led, or what the pastors or leaders say. There are thousands of Christians in different countries around the world being persecuted for their faith who would do anything to be able to come together with brothers and sisters in Christ to share their faith.
I don’t want to undermine the difficulties you are facing in your life today.
I don’t want to say that they don’t matter because they do.
But I just want you to remember that in the midst of hardships, you have at least one thing to be grateful for today.
You have at least one thing to thank God for.
You have at least one thing that someone else doesn’t have out there.
So take some time to count your blessings.
Even when your life isn’t perfect.
Even when people hurt you.
Even when things don’t fall into place.
God’s Word says we must thank Him in all circumstances.
That means in the good times and in the bad times.
When we have it all or when we have nothing at all.
When we are high up in the clouds full of joy, or when we are down in the dumps full of grief.
You have a reason to thank God for today.
Even if that reason is just that your heart is beating right now.
Don’t waste a second of your time complaining about the things you don’t have while taking for granted the things that you do.
And don’t wait until Thanksgiving comes around to think of all your blessings.
Thank God for them today.
Have a good day and stay thankful! Anna… ♥
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18