"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
It's human nature to always want more. We look around at all the wonderful things we possess, and all of a sudden realize we could use one more thing under our roof.
This goes without saying as we notice others. There is always a need somewhere with someone. Sometimes it seems as if the whole world lives in fear and wants, but God's children should not. We are to behave differently from the people of the world; we should let our light shine onto others.
In fact, just being positive in a negative circumstance is a good example. The world will notice when you are stable and happy with what you have. Make up your mind right now that throughout your life you do not need to feel good or have everything you need to face it with peace and joy. Furthermore, make a decision that you will not dread anything you have to do or think you should have. Do everything with a thankful attitude.
I never considered driving to the store to be a huge privilege until after I was hospitalized with pancreatitis. No one ever things about such an ordeal, let alone understand how it happens, especially if you don't indulge in drinking or fried foods. But I can attest it is possibly the worst pain you'll ever experience in your life. After a week stay in the hospital I was sent home. After two weeks recuperating in bed, I asked my son to take me to Publix. I couldn't be on my feet to long, but I can't explain the joy I felt just limping through my favorite food store. I was doing a very simple, mundane thing that previously had been available daily, yet i hand never seen it as a privilege.
These last few years I've worked in a special needs community. Many of our parents are on SSI to aid their children. I never noticed the full brunt of life's demands on this community before, but now I've been affiliated with these students. The parents are the only advocate their child has and must fight daily to ensure he/she receives the proper benefits, medical care, and basic necessities. It is quite humbling as I care of my own children now. Looking at their needs and wants is on another spectrum. When you are immersed in populations such as this you stop dreading your own details in life and start appreciating that you have a decent house to clean, a car to drive, and money to buy food.
The point is, most of the time we lose sight of how blessed we are, but we should work at keeping it in front of our thinking. Be thankful you can do anything in Christ, and don't dread what you have or what you need to do.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "always be appreciative."
Help me to meditate: let me appreciate all I have, Lord.
Teach me to not complain or want more than I have.
Remind me that I can not do it alone.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always. If your mind is jumbled lately, try Headspace for FREE. It's a great app to find health and happiness.