Although there are things that I would like to change about my life, lately I have been trying my best to live a life of gratitude. I think we all probably have things that we don’t like about our lives, but I have come to believe that in this life we sweat the small stuff entirely too much.
It seems to me that we dwell too much on negative things that cause stress in our lives. When we allow ourselves to become stressed because of all the negative things that life presents we seem to forget about all the great things that God has blessed us with. We forget to be grateful for the amazingly precious gift called life. We let things like financial issues, dislike for others, health matters, family issues and all the many other trials and tribulations of this life block our ability to see how beautiful just being alive really is.
Everyday I am trying to teach myself to live a life of gratitude. I honestly have to remind myself that in my life the good far outweighs what I feel is the bad. I am so grateful for all that God has felt that I am worthy of, he has blessed me abundantly all throughout my life, some blessings I feel undeserving of, but regardless of how I feel about life he continues to bless me anyway. Whenever I catch myself dwelling too much on the negative side of life I whisper a prayer asking God to remind me that life is never actually as bad as I may think and I ask God in that moment to remind me of all the good things that he has blessed me with, all the things that make me smile, feel loved, bring me joy, happiness & laughter and make me glad that I am living and to please help me keep my mind focused on those things. Those moments with God always remind me of how much I have to be grateful for.
For anyone who has taken the time to read this, if you are struggling with any of the trials and tribulations that living life presents please stop, pray and remind yourself that troubles do not last always, and that the storm is not always as bad as it seems while it is occurring. Remind yourself that God gave you life for a purpose, be grateful for life although problems exist in it, and remember that brighter days are always ahead.💜
Money has never been something that is of great importance to me. I do like to have a little in my pocket from time to time and I definitely understand that in order to live a certain way in this world one needs to have a little bit of money, but I think too much importance is placed on making money in this world.
Every time I am in what’s known as the downtown area I think about people being kind and compassionate versus making money and only doing things that are going to be profitable. There is a lot of updating going on in the aforementioned area of town, but there are also several vacant buildings due to businesses permanently closing or relocating and I don’t know if the city officials have any plans for these buildings but it seems like some of them have been vacant for a long time. Whenever I am in this area of town the same thought always comes to mind about what I feel could be done with some of the vacant buildings. I think most of the homeless population in town stay in this part of town because that’s where most of the homeless shelters are. I guess it’s just my good heart ruling my thoughts, but I always think why not turn some of the empty buildings into housing for the homeless and less fortunate people.
My mom and I recently had an experience while running errands downtown that has kept that thought in my mind. After completing her errands my mom was walking back to the car where I was waiting on her when a man stopped her and asked if she had any money that she could give him because he was hungry. Unfortunately we are living in a time where it is necessary to question situations like that because you never know if a person’s aim is to harm you or not, but my mom is usually a very good judge of people’s character in all situations and she felt as if this man was legitimately in need.
At the time Momma didn’t have any cash on hand and being the good natured person that she is, she felt bad because she didn’t have any cash to give this man. Well, when she returned to the car she told me about her encounter with the man, we both felt bad because we thought that we didn’t have anything to give this man who was obviously in need of some kindness and so much more. We had just ordered takeout breakfast for the two of us so we decided to give the man all of our breakfast. Seeing the big, bright smile that our simple, random act of kindness put on this man’s face was a great feeling.
Along with the great feeling it gave me, it also made me wonder why is it that money makes the world go around? Why aren’t we doing more for the less fortunate people around us, like helping them get rehabilitated and creating programs that help them get jobs. Why is how successful someone is measured by how much money they earn? Why is it that most people only seem to be interested in doing things that are going to help them gain money?💜
When life starts to twist & turn, and throw obstacles in your path that cloud your vision and make you unable to see a way out of certain situations and circumstances, do not lose faith & trust in God because he will always clear your path unto brighter days.
“Your situation does not determine your future. God will give you a fresh start because He has a destiny for you to fulfill.” ~Joel Osteen
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacles.” ~Christian D. Larson