Everyday that you wake up, you are given the same opportunity as millions of people across the world. You start off with the same number of hours, the same breath of life, and the same ability to decide how you will see the world around you.
So, what is the difference between a person that sees the world as dark and grim, and the one that sees it as a beautiful place where the colors are a bit faded today?
The difference is perspective
I believe that the difference is perspective. Our perspectives are the way by which we see the world, but it is also the lens that is colored by the environment cultivated within us. In other words, what happens in our hearts, determines the perspective that we view the world from.
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.~Proverbs 4:23 NKJVBe careful how you think, your life is shaped by your thoughts. ~Proverbs 4:23 GNT
If you struggle with forgiveness and bitterness, your perspective will always be of one on guard because the world, through this lens, cannot be trusted. If you have struggled with rejection, guilt, or depression, the world will seem mean and unkind because you will feel that you have nothing to be thankful for. You will feel like an outcast in the world and your inner perspective will determine your outlook, actions, motivations, and even, the direction of your relationship.
But what happens if you have a heart of gratitude, where you are constantly on the lookout for things to be thankful for?
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. ~Luke 6:45
Well, like everyone else, you will always have 24 hours in a day, but when spent with a thankful heart, you live loved and optimistic.
I’m sure that you’ve heard the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I know that we apply this statement to many things, but you can take the same concept and apply it to the condition of your heart. If you look at your life and situation hard enough you can find something to be thankful for. I’d also like to point out that the opposite is also true.
When you turn your heart from unthankful to grateful, you are expressing gratitude.
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. It is a readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness.
Now why would you want to be grateful. Well, gratitude involves being appreciative for the things that God and other people have done for you. It causes you to look outside of yourself for goodness, and it makes you feel good in the process. This process occurs because possessing a grateful heart helps you to realize that the goodness you see is beneficial to you, which causes you to feel loved.
“The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I feel good.”
Thinking like this keeps your mind upbeat, joyful, and optimistic. Positive thoughts breed positive emotions, actions, and interactions. When you feel good, life seems good. When this is true, no matter what happens, you can find the good and this is the way that you want to live your life.
The power gratitude can have your life
Gratitude causes you to feel like you are important to someone, cared about, and loved. You begin to feel like you matter. You see people as good and your perspective of life is blessed.
When you see this, you will even begin to bless God for the way that He has cared for you.
Research shows that gratitude has the power to make you resilient, more optimistic, and kinder. It helps you achieve your goals, feel more hopeful, makes you healthier, and can help you sleep better.
Gratitude makes the difference
If each person starts their day with the same ability to make a choice which effects their day, situation, and life, wouldn’t you want to choose the perspective that blesses you the most? If your answer is yes, then choose gratitude. It really makes the difference.
If you have trouble focusing on the positive, go to the scripture.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear thereof and be glad. ~Psalm 34:1-2
Scripture helps us to focus on what God says and it gives us a new perspective, when ours is out of whack.
Make gratitude a goal by focusing on the things of God to take your thoughts outside of yourself. Begin to thank God for all that He has done for you, ever, in your whole entire life. Sometimes that’s what it takes to make your heart grateful. It may require you to look back over your life and remember where you have been to see where you are and bless the Lord. Your act of thankfulness will transform your thinking, surroundings, relationships, and your life.
Today, I encourage you to think about the effects that gratitude can have on your life. Make a decision to have a grateful heart, so that you life can always be in an upward spiral.
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