“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.