In a week’s span, you have your good and bad days. It is inevitable for each week to have its peaks and valleys. If the good outweighs the bad, you know you are doing all right. Because our minds are so powerful, I’ve been wondering how to combat our positive thoughts to create more positive days. The common theme: gratitude turns everything into enough. Many times I realize that the reason for negativity or “bad days” usually are sparked, to some degree, by discontent. The challenge we face is training our minds to overcome dissatisfaction with the recognition of how far we’ve come on our own personal journey and how far we have left to go.
Let me simplify. When I woke up this morning and had my usually coffee and bible time, I tried something. Instead of solely stating my petitions, I decided to just stop and say thank you. I always express gratitude for the blessings in my life, but there is a big difference between just speaking words of thanks and actually realizing all that you have. So I allowed myself to go off, thanking God for every blessing in my life. You know what happened? Guilt overwhelmed me. How could I ask for more when I already have so much? It erased discontent from my vocabulary and overwhelmed my heart with so much contentment. I have everything I need and believe He is still giving me more. The guilt I originally felt now turned into motivation to give back. You see how that works? The more we receive the more we are called to give.
I challenge you to do the same activity I did this morning. It takes 3 minutes. Sit by yourself, realize what you have received and wish to receive, and begin giving thanks. If you are anything like me, and your thoughts run wild, you will quickly accumulate a list of thankfulness. I think several of us are missing the key to contentment. The good news is that it is free and easily attainable! Unlock the discontentment in your life with gratefulness. You soon will understand what I mean when I say…gratitude turns everything into enough.