Choosing Thankfulness

10 January 2014
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“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:11-13 (NASB)

Ever had one of those moments when you feel sorry for yourself because of something you don’t have?  Maybe it’s different for me.  I mean sometimes I would just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to run out for a chicken sandwich at my favorite chicken place, only to remember it’s over a thousand miles away.  Or I would love to be able to go grab a specialty coffee at that place we all love whether we admit it or not, only to remember the closest one to me is a four hour mountain drive away.  Sometimes it’s bigger things, sometimes it’s wanting to be with friends for special moments, or wishing I could have that vacation that all my friends have.  Yes, I live in a foreign land, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to visit with a mouse every once and a while. (And I am not talking about the ones that try to come for a visit when they clear the fields near the house, either.)   Anyway, I realized something.  I can waste my day and feel horrible focusing and meditating on what I don’t have.  I can whine and just be miserable.  I mean, it’s my right.  Isn’t it? Then I realized something.  I can.  Absolutely I can whine, cry, complain and in doing so, rob myself. Yes, rob myself from seeing the blessings that I do have.  There are many things I live without on a daily basis.  I could make a huge list, right now at the top would be central heating, but really, it’s no big thing.  I choose thankfulness today.  I am thankful for a happy, healthy family that loves God.  I am thankful that I have an amazing house to live in (even if it is rented) and I have wonderful friends in many different countries.  I am thankful most of all because my Savior lives and He loves me!  I will not focus on those things I don’t have.  Oh, I will slip up from time to time. After all, I’m only human, but I am going to purpose to see the blessings each day and be thankful for each and every one, small, big or in between.