Do you ever notice that no matter how blessed you are, there are always those moments when you look at someone else’s life and think “Wow, I wish I had it like them”? What is it about the other side that makes the grass appear to be so much more green? For me it’s the constant comparison and peering over to see what others have going on instead of focusing on what I have and taking the time to be thankful.
I was watching a program on television the other day, and a family was being highlighted; the focus being on their living conditions. They were very poor. The space where they lived was just a little over the average sized bathroom at a gas station. During their interview, they expressed wanting to have more, but for the time being, they were content.
When the show ended, I took a moment to reflect and was disappointed in myself that it takes seeing others who have less than I do to realize that I need to give thanks. If that family could be content in the space they were in, I should be leaping for joy in all that I have going on.
“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). No matter what we should always find time to tell God “Thank You.” Have an attitude of gratitude. There is always more to be had and more to get, but try saying thanks for all that you do have right now. If this is God’s will in Christ we should be telling him thanks every day.
Paul said in Philippians 4:11 “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” You may think you don’t have enough, but if you have life, that’s something to be thankful for. We could all take a page out of Paul’s book and learn to be content in whatever state we are in. Although the grass may seem to be greener over yonder, take a moment to see that it’s also quite green right where you are. In everything, give thanks.