I should be at the half-way point on my #3030challenge, but I missed a day because I’m a single Momma and my little Fudgemaker comes beforeth the blog.
But I’m not complaining. I’m quite fortunate and I know that. I also know sometimes I don’t acknowledge all that I have to be grateful for. When I see a dirty diaper, I have to make a conscious effort to remember that I have a healthy baby. A baby whose health I prayed for.
Who am I to make a request of God, then be dissatisfied when He delivers?
So tonight, I brushed up on the subject of gratitude. Because when people aren’t happy, it means they aren’t focused enough on the things they have to be happy about. Myself included… Myself especially.
- This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
- Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
If nothing else, there is now. Being alive this very moment is plenty of reason to give thanks to the Lord. I know, you’re probably thinking, “Really, Rae?”
Heck, I even asked myself that. Because sometimes I automatically list things I’m supposed to grateful for without really thinking about them. In Christian culture, I think we all do that to some degree. We say certain things that seem like good Christian things to say.
But saying and feeling aren’t the same. So to feel the full effects of gratitude, I briefly imagined not being alive. Lo and behold, I felt all sorts of grateful!
- Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. (Ecclesiastes 7:10)
Reflecting on the past is a great way to trick the mind into believing it was happier before. Which is not true. I romanticized my past and it wasn’t a problem until it began to steal away my appreciation for the present.
Studying gratitude really put my life in perspective. I am prone to depression and more often than not, the road that leads me there is paved with thoughts on my past. A past that’s gone. A past that wasn’t all that great, actually. Funny how the past gets distorted.
Anyway, I came to the realization that the Lord doesn’t take stuff away from us. But He does deliver us away from stuff. Perspective makes all the difference.