What a privilege it is to have been given life on this earth, to experience time with family and friends, and to grow in knowledge and understanding. If we put too great a value on our own life, we experience fear, pain and hardship. But when we give ourselves over to God and realize all the gifts we have been portioned from a Godly perspective, it is almost impossible not to give thanks.
1 Corinthians 4:7 Who says that you are any better than other people? What do you have that wasn’t given to you? If you were given what you have, why are you bragging as if it weren’t a gift?
The greatest gift we have been given is salvation through Jesus Christ, but unless we receive this gift we won’t know, understand, or enjoy the fullness of the blessings God, in his infinite mercy and grace, has provided for us.
Romans 5:15 But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass [His grace is out of all proportion to the fall of man]. For if many died through one man’s falling away (his lapse, his offense), much more profusely didGod’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through the undeserved favor of the one Man Jesus Christ abound and overflow to and for [the benefit of] many.
The next time we think we have nothing to be grateful about, we need to anguish to be able to see the truth from a Godly perspective. Only God is God. We have no rights as humans and yet because of His kindness He gives us life everlasting and all good things. God has shown His love for us through the most painful sacrifice imaginable.
1. Be grateful. If you begin from a perspective of gratitude, you will soon see the reasons to be grateful.
1 Corinthians 8:3 But if one loves God truly [ with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [ recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him].
2. Think of the good things that you have in life. Sometimes we concentrate more on the small amount of, or time spent in, suffering that we neglect to see all the good God has given us.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.
3. Reach out to others. When we show love to others, we receive love in return. It may not happen immediately but it will happen in one way or another.
Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your pocket. The standards you use for others will be applied to you.”
4. Do not feed or entertain your lusts and desires. The more time you spend on thinking about what you want and what you want to happen, the less you enjoy what is happening and what you do have.
2 Timothy 2:22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
Titus 3:3 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.
5. Believe in Jesus and the sacrifice he gave to you. If you haven’t totally repented, forgiven, or submitted to and accepted the sacrifice of the Lord, Jesus Christ, you will never know the fullness of the blessings you have. Only believe.