Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thankful Thursday, Despite....

Hey everyone,

Well it's been another Thursday, or as my good friend Mike Spillman (Future You University) has dubbed it "Thankful Thursday". It's a day to be thankful, grateful, looking for, seeing and being appreciative of the positive around you. Is this always possible though?

It may be "Thankful Thursday", a day when you should be thankful (and every day should be like that really), but it's kind of hard to be thankful when your life doesn't quite go the way you'd like it, isn't it? I mean not every day is going to turn out the way you'd like it so what do you do on those days?

I've been confronted with this question lately and my answer is simply: keep being thankful, grateful, positive and appreciative of the positive that surrounds you on a daily basis. I've had to take this advice of mine today (and every day lately). It seems that since my post on Attitude Tune-Up, my attitude's been tested daily. Go figure right?

My point is that despite the apparent tests of my attitude I've still somehow managed to stay pretty positive and upbeat. I'd like to take credit for that but quite frankly it's had little to do with me and a lot to do with my faith.

As you may or may not know, I'm a Christian, or as I like to refer to myself, a Christ-follower. I have to say that it's been my relationship with Christ that has kept me going a lot lately. I do believe that if it hadn't been for Christ (whose death, burial and resurrection the entire church world will be celebrating shortly), I probably wouldn't make it from day to day.

For that alone I'd like to thank Him and I'm so thankful and grateful and appreciative for. It's kind of odd (I think) how He's kept me going, how He's kept reminding me that He loves me. He's done it a lot lately mainly through my little nieces. Being around them, and sometimes just thinking about them, brings such joy to my life and reminds me that despite every thing life brings our way sometimes, I still have a lot to be thankful for.

Of course my little nieces hasn't been the only way He's reminded me of His constant love for me, nor consequently are they the only thing I have to be grateful and thankful for. I am blessed to still have my parents around and kicking. I'm blessed to be able to get up every day virtually pain free, take a deep breath, eat great meals, wear cool clothes (it tends to get pretty hot here in Belize), etc (you get the point).

So this brings me back to my original question: is it possible to be thankful, grateful, looking for, seeing and being appreciative of the positive around you all the time? While it may not be the easiest thing to do ALL the time, it is certainly possible. I mean, you're still breathing aren't you? So that alone should be where you can start. As for me, I pray I always remain thankful, no matter what happens in my life or in the lives of those I care about.

God bless..


1 comment:

  1. MJ - it's easy to be thankful when everything is going our way, isn't it? It's easy to remain positive when all is good! Yet, those are the very times we MUST maintain our thankfulness (as you pointed out) and put our "positive thinking bank account" to use!
    Keep up the great work!

    Mike Spillman