A few days back, I recall very well it was a Tuesday and I started my day in a very bad mood. I had spent the previous day trying to understand a particular topic I needed to teach but couldn’t. I woke up grouchy and a little bit angry with God for not answering me when I needed His help.
Well as my usual practice was, I began my devotion by listing out the things I was grateful for, in prayer. Gradually, the anger in my heart was replaced with joy and peace. By the time I was done, my heart was full of praise to God. I continued my day in that attitude and it ended up being one of the best days I had had that week.
Through the help of the Holy Spirit, my class became an interactive one and I learnt more than I taught. Thanksgiving is one of the ways to get to God. It unlocks the doors of God’s blessings and positions you to receive them. It is seemingly much easier to wake up feeling blue and let the negative energy have its toll on you. But, no matter what the problem is, be thankful.
Sometimes, what looks like a failed venture or terrible situation is actually God working to give you something better or prevent you from harm. If you look at life as a training ground, and the situations you pass through as lessons to be learned, then you would be much happier.
Have you noticed that when you do stuff for people and it is well appreciated, it moves you to do more? That’s how it works with God. Knowing the fact that God only allows things that He knows we can handle to happen to us, is enough reason to be thankful. So, wake up each morning with a spring in your step, and a purpose for each day. Do not take things for granted. There are people praying for that job you despise, for the husband you complain about daily, the children you can’t stand, your current CGPA, or even your talents. They would gladly give anything to have it.
Count your blessings every day. Be grateful that you don’t look like what you’ve been through. Praise God even in difficult times, and He will work things out for you.
Guest Contributor for EnGw