Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – M. Kathleen Casey
Once again, we have embarked upon the season of thanksgiving. In this joyous season, it’s a time to reflect upon our loved ones, blessings, the favor of God, and the undeserved mercies that have been granted to us.
But unfortunately, we don’t always show gratitude and count the blessings the way we should.
Too often, we get in a mindset of doing the opposite. We end up counting the curses instead of the blessings. We find ourselves focusing on what’s going wrong in our lives, instead of what’s going right. As a result, we start a downward spiral of negativity, strife, and turmoil in our lives.
Remember that there’s a silver lining in everything situation.
The greater good
The reality is God hasn’t promised us that everyday would be sunshine. Instead, He chose to mix it up with a little rain. It’s the rain that causes us to appreciate the sunshine. Our sorrows cause us to appreciate the joyous times. It’s the hurt and pain that causes us to appreciate the pleasures of life.
Speaking of appreciation, have you ever given someone a gift, and after opening the gift, they showed a lack of gratitude for the gift? Maybe it was something they couldn’t appreciate. Maybe it was a gift that they couldn’t use. And instead of showing gratitude and thanksgiving, they complained.
They seemed to miss the whole point.
Well in the same way, when we go around with our head down, focused on all the negativity, we’re indirectly saying to God, the ultimate gift giver “thanks, but no thanks.” James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift, comes from above.”
A good thing to remember is that everything works out for our greater good. God wouldn’t put more on you than you can bear. Every bad storm, every heartache, every disappointment will eventually work out for your good. Even the seemingly small and insignificant blessings are tailor-made for you.
Even what your enemies meant for your bad, God can work it out for your good.
How to count your blessings
Make a choice to focus on every good and perfect thing in any and every situation. Count your blessings, not your curses. The good news is that in the end, you’ll look back and realize that even the curses were blessings in disguise.
Here’s a challenge.
Take a sheet of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle. On the left column, list all the things that are blessings. And on the right column, list all the things that seem to be a curse. You will be amazed at how the blessings always outweigh the curses.
I know it sounds cliché, but things can always be worse. But be encouraged and make a habit of counting your blessings, instead of your curses.
And as you do so, I believe you’ll experience an overflow of joy and peace as you charge forth on your journey of life!
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