How soon we forget… first and foremost, God deserves all of our praise, thanks, and gratitude. For it is he that strategically positions people to somehow act in our favor. And thank God for those who are obedient to his instructions. No one owes us anything, but let us be thankful, especially for those who act from a place of genuine love, humility, and concern.
I’m guilty of this sometimes. “Oh, I’ll see them tomorrow.” Tomorrow is not promised. Don’t put off thanking someone – plus, you never know – it might just be the inspiration they need to keep it moving in that moment.
Often times I have to check myself when I come across something new and ask myself “Why?” Do I really need more, or do I just need to do more with what I already have? The latter has been the answer in many cases. Often times we have what we need, but we enter this “space” for lack of better word where we would rather start over with something new or better than continue with something we’ve fumbled over. We become frustrated, stressed, ready to give up, give in… Gratefulness goes out the door. But when we take a moment to ask God what to do with what we have, we’ll find more is not what we need, nor will it bring more happiness or joy. Instead, in the answer we receive from God, we experience an “aha moment”, realizing the more we needed was simply clarification, a new perspective (new set of eyes, if you will).
Take a look around and see how good you have it. Doesn’t make you better than the next, but hopefully, it makes you more appreciative. Hopefully, it’s a humbling realization. And hopefully, you become a blessing to someone else.
It’s also the quickest path to peace – being thankful for what is and not necessarily contemplating on what’s not. Be intentional about making it a daily habit to thank God for something. You’ll find overtime how certain things you used to fret over, you fret over no more.
Often times I’m humbled by a memory of all God has done for me, more so the love he’s bestowed on me. I’m reminded of how I’ve not always been lovable, yet His love has never waivered. His love for me is what fuels my love for others. My love for others is indeed my gratitude to Him for love unconditional.