To be grateful means that you are full of appreciation and thankfulness.
You understand that so much good has happened to you that you should be mindful of making complaints.
You know that even though things may be tough at the moment, they could be worse.
You put your problems into perspective and realize that all the good in your life outweighs the bad.
I’m not going to lie to you…I didn’t fully grasp the importance of being grateful until I started maturing in Christ and as a woman. It often took me to be without something I had or seeing the alternative of how I’d been living to appreciate my life.
For example, me and my mom don’t always get along. My mouth has a tendency to “get smart” and she is a little more pessimistic than I care for. When I was living at her home while in transition from being unemployed to deciding to go full-time with my freelance work and then eventually getting my own place again, I focused so much on the qualities about her that I didn’t necessarily like. After being without her for a few weeks while staying with friends, I realizing that she was responsible for my attributes that people take well to – my cleanliness, attention to detail, being a great housekeeper, etc.
I suddenly became more grateful than ever for her. I’m even more grateful that I was able to snap out of it before I lost her and had to experience being without a parent.
Now I thank God constantly for all that he’s done for me. I’ve taken on that old school attitude:
“Even if He doesn’t do anything else, He’s already done enough.”
Think about it…No one owes you anything, especially not God. I bet if you just looked at all the good things that have happened to you in 2015 you’d have a long list of things to be grateful for. Not even just good things – small things, bad things (because sometimes we should be grateful for what God saves us from), things you forgot about it.
You have lots to be grateful for.
God wants us to have grateful hearts no matter how things look. Everything we have from the clothes on our backs to the food in our refrigerator is a gift from him and you can be sure that someone else wishes they had what you have.