Shift Your Focus With Gratitude
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV
It’s easy to give thanks when your day is going well.
- You’re wearing your favorite t-shirt.
- The parking spot closest to the entrance is yours to park in.
- The coffee you ordered is the perfect temperature with just the right mix of sugar and creamer.
- You get lots of likes on the selfie you posted to Instagram.
But what about those moments when things aren’t going so well?
- Coffee is spilled on your jeans.
- Having to wait in a long line of customers at the bank or grocery store.
- The battery in your smartphone is dead right in the middle of an important call.
- You are short funds for your rent.
However, in moments like these, giving thanks can prove to be difficult.
Focus On Being Grateful
Giving thanks though is essential if you want to get through these experiences with a positive outlook. This doesn’t mean being phony or pasting on a smile no matter what either. Be real, but focus on being grateful, even in the struggles.
Recently, Barry almost died due to an ongoing medical condition. Yes, I was stressed in the immediate moment. However, I was grateful because even with some secondary injuries that occurred, he was alive. Suddenly those other problems became less of an issue.
This is about taking a moment to shift your focus. Instead of grumbling about the long line of customers, learn to stop and thank God for the cashier. Pray for her family. Ask the Lord to give her the strength and stamina to finish her shift.
When your smartphone needs a charge, thank God for all of the amazing technology you have access to.
Choose to turn the uncomfortable moments in life into moments of thankfulness.
God, when I’m tempted to complain and grumble, help to stop and shift my focus. I want to be someone who lives in continual gratitude. Let me never lose sight of the blessings You’ve poured out on me.