I recently read a story about a lady who had young children and was struggling trying to juggle getting her kids to the beach while carrying all their stuff, while passing an old man he said to his wife “wow weren’t those the days?”. While she was having a hard moment, the man relaxing on the beach was remembering similar situations as cherished times.
It is so easy to simply look ahead or behind. Sometimes thinking and waiting and struggling that this could not a time to look back on and enjoy, but it is. This could be the moment you look back and say “I remember when I had nothing, when my children always wanted me, that I had to study so hard, when I overcame, when I had time. Believing the best is today and that there is purpose in it for our lives is so important!
We can shine through having an Attidude of Gratitude.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).
We all have stuff to do. If we do it with a good attitude and being excited to do it, it’s gonna bring a possitive result.
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” Philippians 2:14-15 NIV
It says when we do anything without complaining we stand out….we shine.
It’s doesn’t say: when we try be super holy or when we pray or sing super loud at church. It’s saying when we live day to day with a good attitude we stand out!
Some people always seem to have a problem and some people always have a good story to tell of a victory or something good that’s happened to them. I don’t think “bad” things always happen to the same people and “some people are just lucky”.
It’s all Based on life attitudes and if you read the stories in the bible God really doesn’t like it when we grumble and complain.
If you take a look in the story of Moses it talks about a whole generation of people missing out on the best thing and seeing the promised land because they complained about their situation.
How many great and best things or promises have we missed because we were too busy grumbling about the journey to get there?
Getting a good emotional hygiene is just as important as body hygiene.
Brush teeth – so they are clean and don’t smell, wash face – so you’re clean and fresh, have a shower, stop complaining and put on some of that grateful lotion (it smells really good).
Having dishes to do means food on the table, rent to pay means a roof over our head, report for the boss…. a job, busy studying means the opportunity to get an education, coming early for church a chance to use your gifts, stuck in traffic equals a car that’s working, taking a test another time for progress.
It’s going to effect us and those around us and most importantly who we are as a person when we see things and live with this perspective.
The grass is always greener on the other side……it probably rained a lot over there.
What can you be grateful for and what areas do you need to see God in your situation?
I know so many areas I need to thank God for! I know he doesn’t owe me anything yet he continues to give me so much.
Let’s choose to shine bright like the previous scripture said and if you find yourself in a bad mindset wash some of that negativity off by finding some things to be thankful for.
I wonder who we can impact just by having an attitude of gratitude?