I don’t think there is anything more unappealing to me than ungratefulness. There’s an image that has been floating around Facebook for some time–it’s a skeleton of a child, much too malnourished to live long, his mother giving him a drop, a single drop, of water. None of us have it that bad.
More gumption and more gratitude.
There is so much in life that is discouraging, nevertheless, there’s even more to be thankful for. So your job is not perfect? (This is my struggle while listening to rapid speaking doctors all day!) Show me one that is. Be thankful you have a job. I really resist easy solutions, but let’s face it, we make life way more complicated than need be. Has someone you love and admire let you down? They’re human, and as hard as it is, we can still fight for our peace, our shalom that only Jesus gives. No one is responsible to keep our hearts filled, no one, other than Our Creator, will ever keep us happy.
For most people, happiness is tied to circumstances or to the things happening in life.
There is a better way. The Real Deal is out there and it does not depend on what others do, or what others say, it does not depend on the weather, or the economy. Real happiness, the unshakable kind, the kind that brings peace–contentment–comes from being aware of God and His blessings and being thankful for all He has done. Look around. We are walking miracles.
Ask yourself morning, noon, and night, “What am I thankful for today?”
“I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess. I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.” (Philippians 4:10-11, The Message)