Our perception of a thing or situation can sure affect how we react towards that particular scenario at the time. For example, we might be perfectly content with our little house until we go visit a friend whose home is much bigger, newer, or decorated nicer. Or at least this is how I react sometimes. Suddenly I see the flaws and weary “bones” of my house, and it goes from being my favorite haven to being an old, dilapidated place. My thoughts go to, “if only we had a bigger house, I could ….”. Meanwhile to a family in a third world country, my house seems like a mansion in comparison to their little tin-roofed shed with cardboard walls.
In the month of November, I want to see things with a GRATEFUL heart. I want to be thankful for what I have, for the situations in life where God has put me, and realize that everything I have, everything I am is perfectly planned by Someone who knows exactly what I need … and Who provides me with so much more than I deserve!
The grateful heart realizes that what I have right now is enough. The grateful heart rejoices in the goodness of God even in the midst of a hard situation. The grateful heart follows God’s command to “Rejoice always!” and to “glory in my infirmities”.
Today, as I begin my “30 Days of Thanks”, I am so thankful – first of all – that no matter what touches my life, GOD IS IN CONTROL. He put me exactly where He wants me, surrounded by the people and things that are perfect for ME uniquely.
Recently I’ve been contemplating what God’s will really is. Some people wish He’d just send a detailed letter from heaven about what to do (I have wished that too!); but I read a statement recently that said something to the effect of this: doing God’s will isn’t so much a matter of “finding God’s will” as it is just day-by-day doing of what He commands. We know what God wants for us; it is outlined in His Word; He will reveal Himself as we do what we know we should do NOW – and leave the future up to Him.
I am looking forward to a daily reminder this month (and hopefully spilling into the next year!) that there is always, always, always something to be thankful for.