What are you getting used to having that you don’t appreciate anymore? There are so many things that surround us that we don’t appreciate until they are taken away from us. How about your family, friends, job, your community of faith, your community that you live in and the services it provides, and the beauty of creation that surrounds you? Have you taken time recently to enjoy the birds and the wild animals, or sat with the animals in your own home that are eager to give you unconditional love? How about your good health and your relationship with God? It is so easy to see what we don’t have, but the truth is that we have so much to be thankful for. I will admit that not everything we go through is good, but even so, with God’s help we can find treasures in the darkest moments of our lives. It is our perspective that makes the difference.
I am changed every time I meet with those who attend our Chronic Illness support groups. They are amazing men and women who face physical challenges every day. They are very aware of their physical losses, but they also have learned what they can be grateful for. They never get used to anything in their life because it is unpredictable. There is not a day that is the same for them. Most have learned to appreciate the value of what they can do and what they have. They are continually asking God to help them with their attitude when they are about to give up. We can learn a lot from them and others who suffer.
Perhaps your eyesight needs checking. Do you see the blessings that surround you each day? If not, ask God to help you have a new perspective on what you are seeing. “From the fullness of His grace, we have all received one blessing after another” (John 1:16).