The Lord taught me a valuable lesson this week. I have been preparing to hold a gratitude challenge on social media throughout the month of November. So my mind and heart have been focused on gratitude.
Meanwhile, life was wonderful. My spirits were high and it seemed everything in life was going well.
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father…” – James 1:17
Then I had one bad day where everything seemed to go wrong. Nothing major. Just a lot of little things. I spilled coffee on my clothes as I got in the car to head to work. Then I hit something on the interstate, which I never saw since it was still dark out. I knocked my water bottle over on my desk twice. I totally missed a meeting that was on my calendar. The list goes on…
I was so glad to head home that day and put it all behind me. But since I have a one hour commute, I had plenty of time to pray on my way home. And I felt like God was asking me an important question. “You were eager to express gratitude during the good times. But will you still give thanks during the rough times?” I must confess that my attitude that morning had not been pretty. So I definitely needed this reminder.
The Bible has countless verses pertaining to giving thanks. But one thing we sometimes overlook is the verse that says to give thanks in ALL circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). This can be difficult to do. But during the hard times it helps to remember that God causes all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28).
And if you are like me and millions of other people, you might have fallen into a habit of complaining, even during the good times. We often overlook all the blessings around us, and focus on minor things that don’t go quite like we wanted. God showers us with a multitude of blessings each and every day, from sunrise to sunset. But we hurry through life and miss them.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar
We have all heard about the benefits of gratitude. Not only does it boost our emotional well-being, making us happier, but it also improves our health. Maybe you are like me. You read these facts, you think they sound nice, but you never make solid changes to incorporate gratitude in your life.
Well now is the time to see for yourself how gratitude can change your life. I am excited to see what God will teach us next month. I hope you will join me with this gratitude challenge during the month of November? I might not be able to post here on the blog every day during the challenge, so please follow me on social media. Links below!