When you change the way you look at things – the things you look at change.
I won’t lie, if you had asked me how I felt about a month or two ago I would have told you I was more than ready for 2016 to be over.
2016 has brought many highs, I passed my degree, started a graduate job, jumped out of a plane. I was literally on top of the world – all but for a moment it seemed.
Not long after my car was stolen, my job, certain friendship groups and even my personal relationship with God didn’t quite seem to be working out. I found myself in not the happiest of places. Despite this I was always reminded to be thankful in all that I had and that which I seemed to be losing.
It is very easy and I think most of you can relate here, that when things are going well. When you are making movements in areas of your life it is oh so easy to be thankful. But how many of us can say the same when things go bad? When things don’t quite go our way.
‘Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18). ‘Easier said than done’ could not ring more true with this. My goodness it is difficult – having gratitude in the face of adversity – but there is such beauty in it.
Whether you believe in God or not, I think we can all agree that we would rather be surrounded by positive people with grateful hearts; than one who is quick to complain.
If you actively try to approach life with a positive outlook you will quickly find that the things you look at change. Usually for the better too.
The next time you wake up – before you grab your phone, take a moment to say out loud the five things you are grateful for. Your life for instance – many die every day but the fact that you are alive means God still has a purpose for you.
You’ll find that small acts like this quickly cultivate a life filled with gratitude. You might even find yourself feeling more at peace.