As I sit here, I am reflecting on all that I have been through the past few months. I started off the first quarter of the year sick and in/out of the emergency room, urgent care and doctor’s office. Not exactly how I wanted to bring in 2014. As I have come out on the other side, I am reminded of how grateful I am to God for the little things that I can often take for granted. Before being diagnosed with achalasia two years ago, I never thought I would have to worry about being able to eat or drink – two basic functions necessary to sustain life, but something that some struggle with daily. Especially those with a motility disorder such as achalasia. Now that those functions have been restored, I am so thankful to God after every bite and sip that I am able to take. It is easy to become overwhelmed in life and with life, that you lose sight of how blessed you truly are. It is easy to focus on every negative thing versus counting the positive. I can almost guarantee that the good will ALWAYS outweigh the bad.
I know many why wonder why I constantly focus on all that is good in my life versus the things that are wrong. Trust me, it is not for lack of things not being great, I just choose to focus on the good. I love the saying, “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect, I just choose to look past the imperfections.” That is my life motto and what I try to focus on daily. In the grand scale of things, no matter how bad things get, I am still blessed beyond measure and have no right to complain. It could always be worse. Trust me. There is also always someone who would love to trade places with you and take on what at the time may seem unbearable to you. It may be a cake walk for them, compared to what they are going through. Next time, in the midst of the storm, instead of focusing on the rising wind and waves, keep your eyes on the captain of the ship. He won’t steer you wrong. There is purpose and power in the storm. Trust Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Are you going through a tough time right now and finding it hard to remain positive/thankful? Write down what is troubling you and write down every thing you are thankful for. Release the negative to God and start thanking Him for every blessing. Thank Him for what you see now and for what you are expecting Him to do.
How do you remain thankful? Share your thoughts below.