I read a quote recently that said “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” I like the quote, but I think it is better said as “Gratitude recognizes that what we have is enough.” A thankful attitude leaves little room to see what is lacking in life. Instead, it often reveals that many of us have more than enough already. Even the poorest among us are rich ( and not only with money) to somebody somewhere.
First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (NKJV). Amidst God’s countless and good desires for us is a desire that we live thankful and content. That we would daily choose to look and see what he (God) has done, not what he has not done yet. David, the psalmist, looked for God’s goodness in his life and cried “O Lord my God you have performed many wonders for us… if I tried to recite them all I would never come to the end of them” (Psalm 40:5).
God IS as good to us today as he was to David back then. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and he does not have favorites (Romans 2:11). We need only remove our eyes and heart from greed and “the need” for more and appreciate the gracious goodness of God around us. Truth is, we are already blessed.
“Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” – Matthew 6: 20 -21
“… Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Matthew 6: 28 – 30