Gratitude

Such a simple word, yet so difficult to live it out.

I have a family who loves me. I have a husband who works hard. I have a roof over my head. I work for a company who takes care of their employees. I have many amazing friends who support me.

And yet, I still want more.

More clothes. More friends. More hours at work. More money.

The world views wanting more as a positive attribute, rather than a negative. I’m not saying this isn’t always the case. I think it is great to try to be the best version of yourself you can be. But no one will ever be “the best”. In order to be “the best” at something, you would have to be perfect. Absolutely flawless. Michael Jordan will never be the best basketball player. Wayne Gretzky will never be the best hockey player. Tom Brady will never be the best football player. Why? Every single one of those men, which were all great at their perspective sports, will never be considered perfect. There is only one man who has walked this earth that can be considered flawless. Jesus.

Wanting too much more is when the slope gets slippery. Greed is called one of the seven deadly sins for a reason. Greed ruins lives. Greed ruins marriages. Casinos are a prime example of when greed gets out of hand.

Proverbs 15:27 “Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.”

Proverbs 28:25 “A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.”

So how do we set our focus towards gratefulness instead?

  1. Wake up every day, look around your house and think of everything you do have to be thankful for instead of what you don’t have.
  2. Do a devotional and pray that God will open your heart to the plans he has set out for you rather than getting so caught up in trying to do everything without Him. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  3. Set a goal to help people in your community that are struggling. Whether that be financially, physically, materialistically or even spiritually. I guarantee that if you help someone less fortunate than you, you will feel grateful for what you have been blessed with.
  4. Diffuse the oil called Gratitude and let your brain do the rest of the work.

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