I have written about thankfulness a few times in my monthly column over the last few years but this quote that I came across recently was a new one for me.
What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?
We like to think we are living in a state of thankfulness and with an attitude of gratitude but are we really? Are we really thankful, each and every day for all the things we are blessed with? If I am honest with myself, I would have to answer no to that.
Sure, I try to appreciate the gifts I am given but do I thank God every day for those people, things and circumstances? And do I only thank Him for what I deem good?
Being thankful is more than than just saying the words. It means living in a constant spirit and mindfulness of gratitude. Appreciating all we have, even the ‘bad’ bits. If we are thankful for only the so called ‘blessings’ we are missing half the lessons.
What if I only thanked God for the ‘good’ things? What if I woke up and all the problems were gone? Would I really, truly be happy with that?
It’s the light and shade that makes up life; the light is only light because of the darkness; the highs only high because of the lows. Life without the full complement of experiences isn’t really life at all. It’s only half of it.
I’ll bet that anyone who has lost someone would give anything to have it all back, not just the good bits of that person and relationship. But them, with all their failings, wrongdoings and faults.
In being thankful we shouldn’t be selective. To pick and choose what is worthy of thanks is a little like playing God and thinking we know what’s best for us, when really, we don’t.
So what are you going to thank God for today?