We have life, health, husband, wife, children, home, car, job, money, etc. If you take a look around there are people who don’t have what you have or haven’t accomplished as much. Today, many people take things for granted and find it hard to be grateful. There will always be things that you are not grateful for because –life happens. Yet, there are people who would appreciate and value what we refer to as, nothing much.

If you have lost it all and working on a recovery plan or in survival mode there is still something to be grateful for. Learning how to trust God, and being grateful is taking a leap of faith. There is a scripture that says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 When we are going through tough times we say “Why me” or “Why is this happening to me” The emotions that we experience overshadow any feelings of gratitude. If we develop a habit of being thankful in the mist of pain and suffering we will overcome the “woe is me”. Turn your thoughts toward being grateful and focus on overcoming the situation you face.

Let’s start something new, practice gratitude as a way of life. There is always something to be grateful about. Invest in a note book or journal and reflect on something that happened in your day that you are grateful for, it will take only a few minutes of your time.

Shifting your focus will renew your mind.