Is it possible to always be thankful?
I think it is because the Bible commands us to. So how do we do it? How do we cultivate a thankful heart and attitude despite what’s going on?
I don’t know. But I want to find out.
I do know one thing though… thankfulness isn’t dependent on circumstances or things going our way. At least that’s true for me.
For example, I’m a goal oriented person. I enjoy starting new projects, getting things done and taking steps towards my goals. I guess you could call me Type-A. And I realized there’s a danger to constantly living this way if I’m not careful to pause to be thankful.
The danger is that I could always be living in the future and never take time to enjoy the present. This hit me hard this morning, let me explain…
We have three kids, ages 3, 1 and 2 months. Needless to say we don’t usually get a full uninterrupted night’s sleep. But last night was harder than normal. Our Lily (1-year-old) is teething has a rash. So she woke up multiple times.
And our 3-year-old, Emma Grace, loves life so much she bolts out of bed as soon as she can… which is usually before 7:00 am. So anyway, after a rough night I get up and immediately I’m in a grumpy mood.
The thoughts going through my head include:
I have to talk to Lacie about our whole “traveling in a motorhome idea” and let her know it’s not going to work if it’s going to be like this… I need rest to work. And I haven’t been able to focus on work in the mornings.
I have so much work to do. I really need to get out go here and go to a coffee shop to work.
Things will be better when I move from a service-based business to a product-based business model.
Then it hit me. Life is good. Really good. Here I am in Sunriver staying in a cool little vacation house with my wife, kids and sister. I get to work remotely so I’m able to take trips like this. I have 3 beautiful kids who I love and who love me. Life is good.
I have every reason in the world to be thankful.
And so I just started telling God what I was thankful for, out loud. I believe there’s power in our words and I felt it this morning as my mood shifted from grumpy, cranky tired Dad to a grateful Father, Husband, Brother and Son.
Thankfulness is always an option. But I believe we have to choose it. Life is good. Think about it… think of everything you have to be thankful for and tell God out loud about it.