A couple of years ago I was meeting with a man I look up to. As the conversation went on I started to complain about things. When I finished, he started to talk about all of the things I mentioned and explained how they were blessings. Then he said point blankly, “You’re pretty blessed. If you want my advice (and I did) it would be to be grateful.” I’ve thought about that conversation a lot and have realized there are a lot of things I should be thankful for that I take for granted or allow a bad attitude to steal the life from.
In our life, we sometimes spend too much time complaining about the things we do not like or even the things we have. Today and every day we need to take time to be thankful for the blessings we’ve been given. Take a look at this list of 10 things we should be thankful for:Today and every day we need to take time to be thankful for the blessings we’ve been given.
1. For family that raised us
We are all where we are today because our parents or guardians raised us. Hopefully, we have taken all the positive lessons from them and are applying them to our lives.
2. For the families we have
If you are married and have children, be thankful for the blessing of your family. If you are single, be thankful for your parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
3. For friends
True friends encourage us, motivate us, and push us to do better. Take time to call them and thank them for all the great things they have done. Show your gratitude by also being a great friend to others.
4. For a roof over your head
If you have a home, be thankful you have a place to rest and relax. Hopefully, your home is also a place of safety and encouragement. Truly show you are thankful for your home by helping organizations who help those who have no homes.
5. For laughter
Laughter is a gift from God which can bring great joy. Be thankful for the laughter of children, a spouse or friends.
6. For a job
A job is a great blessing, whether we are happy in the job we are in or not. Take the time to list out reasons you are thankful for your job. If you find this hard, don’t look at your job just as a means to make money, but look at it as a way to help people.
7. For the freedoms you have
We have so many freedoms other countries do not have, and it has cost some men and women their lives. This freedom continues to cost others time away from family and bodily injuries. Take time today to say “thank you” to someone who helped or is helping protect those freedoms.
8. For those who have made a positive impact in your life
All of us have had people in our lives that have made a positive impact. It may be a teacher, coach, pastor, youth worker, Sunday school teacher, and, hopefully, family members. Be thankful these people were placed in your life and give to others as they have given to you.
9. For nourishment
We should be thankful we have the opportunity to eat on a daily basis. If you have plenty, please show your thanks by helping to support agencies who try to care for the hungry.
10. For your health
If you are reading this, you are probably a person in good health. Be thankful for that. However, there are probably people in your family and community not as fortunate. So take time to help them sometime this week.