Have you ever known someone that, no matter what, will hang on to a negative attitude and complain and criticize everything? Have you ever imagined just how much their lives could change if every single time they opened their mouths to say something negative, they instead showed gratitude for something in their lives? Can you imagine how the lives of those around that person would change?!
I would love to say I never complain, but that just isn’t so. Sometimes, something negative will pop out and I can’t, for the life of me, grab it back in time. I have found though, that if I count my blessings, every morning, then express my gratitude to God, the entire outlook of my day changes.
Our lives may never be perfect, but they can be good. Our attitudes may never be perfect, but they can be good. When it comes right down to it, we are going to be as happy as we decide to be.
We have SO much to be grateful for. Just spend a day looking around you. There are always people who are worse off than you. Be thankful!
In His light,
How To Enter God’s Gates
The Daniel Plan
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. —Psalm 100:4 NIV
Life is always less than perfect, so there’s always something to complain about if we want to take that attitude. But the Bible says, “Do everything without complaining and arguing” (Philippians 2:14 NLT). Why? Because the negativity snowballs if we entertain it. On the other hand, if we focus on the things we have to be grateful for, we enter God’s gates with thanksgiving. We’re in his powerful presence.
In The Daniel Plan we encourage you to write down at least three things you’re grateful for every day. Writing them down for even a couple of weeks can measurably increase your level of happiness and contentment.
It’s also helpful to tell someone what you’re grateful for, especially if it’s something they have done. Saying “Thank you” uplifts them and you. And if there’s a concrete way you can show your gratitude, like doing something for someone else, that will root you even deeper into the fertile soil of contentment.
Food for Thought: If we meditate on what we’re grateful for we will supercharge our mood and have a far richer experience of God’s powerful presence