My sister and I were talking recently. It is almost Christmas and I had been inquiring about her favorite verse for a special gift I was having made. She was having a hard time picking just one verse. I also have the same trouble. We began talking about the first verse she ever memorized. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. She was reminded of the picture that hung on the wall in her in-laws home. It was a picture of an old man praying and the caption read “there is always something to be thankful for.”
As my day went on I felt the Lord nudge me to hang out there with Him and pray about what He was telling me with that verse. I started to think about thankfulness as a state of being, as a choice. It’s all about perspective. It stinks that I have to pay my electric company $250 for power to run my home. Thank God I have air-conditioning in this Florida heat and the lights to put on my makeup. So I decided instead of thinking in ugh’s. I would change my perspective and be thankful. Now as I write out my utility bills I say a prayer thanking God for the service the companies are a providing. I am thankful for the finances to pay for those services and our jobs we are blessed with to provide those finances. I also pray that every hand that touches the check be blessed. Another example is chocolate. Sure it’s full of sugar, fat and probably isn’t the best after a workout snack. But it sure is yummy and has some health benefits. If its dark chocolate. Perspective doesn’t always have to be so heavy.
It is also a great idea to have people in your circle that will help redirect your perspective when needed. Look at Proverbs 27:17 as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. NIV. This reminds me about all the trouble my husband and I had in the beginning of our marriage. My husband would make me so mad. I’m sure I made him feel the same way. I would be at the end of my rope. I would call my trusted person to vent. She would listen to my whole rant and then she would ask me a question, “Do you really think he is a mean, awful person? You know his heart.” She would help see my perspective of my husband differently. What are some areas in your life that need a change of perspective?