By Allen White
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (MSG)
This is a hard thing to do. Sure we can pretend to be cheerful, but to actually be cheerful, that’s much more difficult.
Think about this: when are we the most appreciative of what we have? We appreciate our health when we’re sick. We appreciate a good night’s sleep, when we’re tossing and turning. We appreciate well-behaved children, when they’re pitching a fit in the middle of the grocery store. When things are going well, we tend to take everything for granted.
So, today, I have an ear infection. I’m not cheerful about the ear infection, but I am cheerful that my nose has cleared up. I am thankful for good doctors and antibiotics. I’m thankful for nice weather. I’m thankful for a quiet office where I can close the door and write.
For every bad thing that happens, we can probably come up with a hundred or maybe even a thousand things that we can be thankful for. Take a minute and count your blessings!
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