Gratitude, a simple but powerful word! the mighty philosopher Google, provides synonyms for this verb as thankfulness, a feeling of appreciation, pleasing response towards a giver. As simple as this may sound, it is one of the most difficult postures to have in this day and age when all we see around us information bombarding us to reach for the next thing, mostly materialistic. I am in no means saying that being ambitious or wanting better is a bad thing, in fact, I admire ambitious people always striving to better themselves and I see myself as one.
In the last couple weeks, I have gone through a rollercoaster of emotions and from conversations with friends, I just realized I was looking at things through a narrow lens, and with the right perspective and vision, I could change my perspective. Changing my perspective meant being intentional, noticing things around me and choosing to see the good in every situation.
I went back to good old Gratitude! Last year the post about rest ( see here ) I mentioned the importance of journaling but in a pandemic some routines fell off the wagon! So I went right back to it! Daily gratitude notes for the simple, mundane things that we sometimes forget, like a roof on your head, water to drink/bath, clothes on our back, socks for warmth. Gratitude for a job to log into in the morning, for food to eat, for air to breath, to be alive!
We sometimes take things for granted and just exists in the midst of all the beautiful things around us. Taking a moment to just acknowledge the beauty of God’s creation and the things we have and do not have, not only keeps us happy but also gives us room for more. For whom much is given, much is expected and with a grateful heart we open ourselves to attracts more positive things, and guess what the cycle continuous. So whatever you may be going through now, take a deep breath, you have air in your lungs and as long as you have that, you live to take steps to change your situation and move forward! Look around you, you are currently in a place where you once prayed to be so don’t lose perspective.
Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.