Becoming

What a difference it makes to wake up with an attitude of gratitude.

I had shared a caption on social media yesterday that reads, “Don’t wait for things to get better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, otherwise you’ll run out of time.” As I’m waking up this morning, I am taking the time to remember the truth of these few words of wisdom.

But first, let me ask the question: ‘Are you happy right now?’

Why, or why not?

There is a lot going on in my life. I could pull out the negatives and focus on them, but honestly, I don’t have a lot of them. I do, but it is how I choose to look at the facts of my life which determines how the “happiness” within it all is accomplished.

“Accomplished”…??

Yes. I have a choice to make each and every day, within each situation and throughout my life. As anyone would know who reads my silly blog, I have grown, in my words, from a victim to a victor in this process that began several years ago. The onset that began with the Lord through Jesus Christ has shaped me into (and continues to) a man who thinks much differently than those days of the past.

It really comes down to this: What I choose to focus on, which is the END RESULT, or in other words, the eternal peace I have gained in Christ, is the motivation that keeps me grounded! All the while, the internal peace through Him is the stability within the physical life of the now.

It may not make sense to some, but I know my Lord. I know His Word and I understand His principles.

The words of the Lord are written on my heart. I am in constant contact with His Spirit. I pray, meditate on His Word, listen, and that’s a big one, I listen to His guidance. I don’t always comply, but I get a lesson every time that always leads me in the right direction.

He never leaves me nor forsakes me. That’s His promise in the book!

I have a hundred different situations and they go in a hundred different directions. As does anyone. The thing is, I know that all of this is temporary. I know that my emotions are not my true identity. I know that He is with me. I know that this body will someday return to the dirt, and my true self will carry on forever in the flawlessness of His presence. So, at the beginning and end of each day, I really and truly make an effort with Him (because apart from Him, I can do nothing–also in the book) to have an attitude of gratitude.

As you wake up, or go to bed, or do whatever throughout your day, do you count your blessings? Or, do you count the ten thousand things that you could be down about and obsessing over? Is your focus one that is accompanied by the strength only found in Christ, or is it found in something that never seems to last? Should the pain be replaced by His provisions?

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