A GRATEFUL HEART
“Keep your eyes on the goodness of God instead of that which you are lacking.”
So often in life, we choose to focus on all that we aspire to be or have, allowing that to dictate our lives. In retrospect to the american dream, it is completely normal & understandable- having a sustainable job, owning a nice house/car, or having the most updated technology or clothing. The downside? We start to focus + put all of our energy into achieving & becoming our “best selves” instead of appreciating all of the blessings that God has entrusted to us. When we look at life & think to ourselves, “I’ll only be happy once I have ____”, we’re telling the Lord that we’re unhappy with all that He’s blessed us with- life, health, a roof over our heads, & clothes to wear. Although it sounds basic, these are things we don’t typically think about aside from special holidays like thanksgiving. That which we have as American’s in todays society are things/blessings that a very small percentage of the world even experiences.
In my life personally, when I keep my eyes on that which I’m lacking I find discontentment & unhappiness in all of the blessings of life. Versus, when I have a grateful heart & I become content where the Lord has me + what He has given to me, my heart & attitude change. My physical desires become things that the Lord has blessed me with instead of that which “I deserve”. Although, the “American Dream” is still a real thing & we live in a country + society filled with so many blessings, even through the internet, the goal is to not have but to be content in our current state.
In our society today & the way that technology has communicated all of the world, it slowly has become an outlet where people can 1. connect to the world but 2. it has become a place where people show all of the highlights + good things in their life. Which of course there is nothing wrong with but when you see all of the highlights in someones life then compare those to the not so hot moments in your life, the enemy allows discontent, sadness, & sometimes even depression into the picture.
” Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13
All of this to say, it is critical for us in our society to “keep our eyes on the goodness of God, instead of that which you are lacking” through the good & bad. Remembering that every good thing comes from our good God who loves us. If you’re anything like me & social media at times brings you more mental bad than good.. examine your life + your habits. Take a break from it when necessary & don’t allow something that can be used for good to destroy your happiness & joy.
We’re not sure why the Lord put this on our heart, it could have been for our personal edification but it may be to encourage one of you!
JOY & JUSTI