Not too long ago, we all had busy lives, unable to find the time to do anything. So busy chasing happiness.
If you enjoyed your job, you might have been looking for a promotion, if not, probably looking for another position or something better.
Social media can make our friends look like they’re having more fun and more success than we are. It’s so easy to look at others to see how our life compares—making us feel that we should have a similar level of success.
It’s so easy with disappointments and setbacks to become upset, annoyed or even depressed.
Then you can start to play the blame game, “if only I had more time if only I had no pressure at work if only I had the energy, “why am I so tired all the time.”
You turn to God for help, but nothing happens. So, you pray for the remainder of the month. Still nothing
Soon you become angry, as you want a quick fix.
Your anger turns to frustration. You begin to wonder whether God is listening at all. You start to wonder whether to continue to pray or not.
Your patience is tested, so you give up.
Why do you think your prayers are not answered?
Could it be partly that you only pray in times of crisis?
Could it be that you don’t realize that God likes to work at a much slower pace than our 24/7 world?
Could it be that you have allowed the distraction of life to pull you away from what really matters?
Living stressed or worried is not what life is about. It may be unknown to you, but God has already given you many daily blessings?
There are hundreds of miracles you receive every day, but you can easily take them for granted. The main ones would be our health unless we are sick. We can take for granted all the food, services, and information that is available to us until it’s not available.
You may not feel rich, but when you have a loving family, good friends and your basic needs met what else do you need?
A Short Story
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which read, “I am blind, please help.”
There were only a few coins in the hat – spare change from folks as they hurried past.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words.
Then he put the sign back in the boy’s hand so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.
That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign returned to see how things were.
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”
The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but differently.” I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”
Both signs spoke the truth. But the first sign said the boy was blind, while the second sign conveyed to everyone walking by how grateful they should be to see.
There are so many special moments happening in our life to celebrate each day.
How many time have you counted your blessings?
A few years ago, I did a 30-day gratitude challenge. The challenge was to write down ten things you were thankful for each day. I thought I would run out of things to write after a week but what the exercise did was open up my mind to all the people, services and resources that I take for granted.
Gratitude is a powerful virtue.
The Roman philosopher Cicero once declared: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.”
I wish yourself, family, and friends health and happiness during this difficult time.