“If only I had a job that paid more… If only I were born with a bottomless trust fund … If only I could afford a bigger house…” So many of us live in a perpetual state of wanting more—more money, more shiny new toys, more things. And we chase those material possessions with more gusto than we pursue what’s been empirically shown to increase happiness: more joy, more experiences, and more time. Studies show that rich people aren’t any happier day-to-day than the rest of us. In fact, many are more stressed and spend less time doing enjoyable activities. People who are grateful are more satisfied with their relationships with friends and family. They’re happier, less depressed and less stressed. They feel more in control of their lives, have higher self-esteem and cope better when things get tough. God wills our being thankful in all things because gratitude is the ultimate expression of a transformed heart. Just like thankfulness can transform our lives for the better, thanklessness can have a complete opposite effect. When complaining and thanklessness infest our hearts, it can destroy relationships, family, home and even churches. Being thankful compels us to fix our eyes on God rather than on ourselves or our problems. So cultivate a heart of gratitude. Be thankful for all things and in all circumstances. That’s God’s will for our lives.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
A Prayer for Today
Dear God, give us thankful hearts today. Help me to realize that Your grace is sufficient. Everything that You have given to me is a blessing and I am truly grateful. I want to thank You for all that I have. Thank You for always providing just what I need when I need it. You are the source of my supply in this life, and You are more than enough for me.