I love waking to the birds singing and the sun peeking in through my curtains. As the soft amber glow filters into my room and warms the atmosphere, my heart is filled with hope for the day. It’s a new day and yesterday with all its problems and failures is behind me. So as I approach this day there are a number of things that fill my heart with gratitude.
· I am alive – that is a reason to be thankful.
· I heard the birds singing - some people don’t have the gift of hearing.
· I saw the rays of sun filter through my blinds – some people do not have the gift of sight.
· I woke up in a warm home – another reason to be thankful.
· I have food in my pantry – many people do not.
· I can choose what I want to wear – some people only have a couple of outfits.
· I am healthy – despite a few aches and pains I have no debilitating disease.
· I live in a country where I am free to serve God – some people are persecuted for their faith
· I have family who love me
· I have friends
· I have energy to work
· I have a clear mind
· I have a faithful God
And the list goes on and on. You can begin your day with a litany of complaints, or you can choose to be grateful for the many blessings in your life. Stop to count them and you will see how blessed you really are.
There is no better way to start your day than with an attitude of gratitude. The writer of the book of Philippians encouraged us to be thankful for everything. Pause to say thank you before you start your day. It will make a difference to how you live this day. We all face challenges and struggles in our lives, but when we stop to consider what we do have, our problems seem to pale in the light of the many bountiful blessings we do have.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,