With all the gloom and doom in the news everyday and trials of making ends meet in this economy, you wonder how do some people manage to appear so happy? You may think to yourself, “Oh, the economy probably hasn’t touched them” or, “they must have the same job security they have had in the past and aren’t as affected by what’s happening around the world right now.”
But, yet, if we were to sit and chat with these people we would find out that appearances aren’t always what they seem. So many people have been touched deeply by the economy or the ongoing wars right now as husband’s and wives are a laid off, or children, parents, spouses, and other relatives are shipped out. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t meet someone who has a story to tell.
And, you wonder how on first glance they can appear as though they don’t have a care in the world. I know that for me, the last few years has been a wonderful revelation in God’s faithfulness. And sometimes, it’s only during a difficult test that we mere mortals can see the obvious (something that has always been there – but maybe taken for granted.) Isn’t it through times of deprivation that we become most grateful for the smallest things?
I have found through these past few years that “counting your blessings” really does have an immeasurable value. It’s not just a “good” thing to do. But, when it becomes a daily habit that turns into an automatic outlook, “the good” suddenly outweighs “the bad.” Your circumstances haven’t changed; you’ve just become more attuned to all the “good things” that were always there! So, when something appears before you that isn’t so good, your heart responds by reminding you of all the good things around you that make the “not so good” less of a burden.
So, “a grateful heart truly is a happy heart!” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if just by each one of us thinking more along these lines, that we could turn the tide of pessimism our country is feeling and look toward the future with hope and optimism – and even making it a self-fulfilling prophecy that then turns into reality?
Isn’t that what some of our great leaders of the past have done by holding us up as the “city upon the hill?” They’ve turned the tide of pessimism into an opportunity filled with hope. And I believe, it all starts with being grateful for the little things.
May God bless us all and all of you.
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