Written By: Robin Reid
One Thursday night while I was at a Bible Study in Indianapolis, we were taking prayer requests beforehand. My friend, Sandy, had just arrived after being at a hospital with her husband, Ron, for most of the week. Ron was a severe diabetic with heart disease and was often hospitalized.
Sandy was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, BUT, despite her trial and tribulations, she would smile and tell us, “I’m praising Him through my circumstances!” Her faith and trust in God helped her remain thankful during difficult times, even when Ron died a year later.
When we’re going through a tough time, it’s very easy and natural for us to dwell on the negative. If we’re honest with ourselves, we often have a pity party for one and tend to make those around us miserable, too. Our lives don’t have to be that way. However, it’s up to us to decide if we’re going to make a change or not.
Regardless if you believe in God or not, there is always something you can be thankful for, even when life throws you a curveball. Having an attitude of gratitude will help you manage and cope with whatever difficulty you’re facing. It’s not a magical formula that makes your problems disappear instantly. Instead, it’s a good habit you develop over time with practice.
Here are three ways to develop an attitude of gratitude:
- Find one thing you’re good at and do it. If you enjoy painting, whether it’s a wall or a sunset, get some bright colored paint and brighten up your living space. If your life feels out control and you’re a good organizer, you can either declutter a closet or a garage. Do people rave about your chocolate chip cookies? Well, then get baking and share your treats with a neighbor or friend. These ideas will help you turn your focus away from bad and towards something good.
- Start with anything. Whether it’s the fact that you’re alive, have a reliable car, in good health, have food on the table, or have the love of family and friends, these things will give you a reason to be thankful. Your dark day won’t look so gloomy after all.
- Help someone else. You’re not alone in the problem department. Everyone is struggling with something, whether you realize it or not. Consider going to the grocery store for a neighbor who can’t walk very far, baking a pie for a friend who was just discharged from the hospital, or volunteering at a local shelter. When we can encourage the people around us, we start to find ourselves feeling encouraged too. It’s a win-win for everybody.
Like I said before, being thankful doesn’t make our problems disappear all at once. There are some storms in our lives that may stay for a while. My friend, Sandy, wasn’t always smiling through her pain, but she had learned to develop that attitude of gratitude to help her cope and get through each day.
If a circumstance in your life, whether it’s past or present, has you feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with it effectively, contact us at Peace Restored. We want to help you get your life back on track and have more reasons to be thankful. Go to www.peacerestored.net to schedule an appointment or call us at (317) 361-5281.
Robin Reid is a freelance writer and content creator helping organizations, both business and nonprofit, develop meaningful content that engages and connects with customers. She recently started her first business, Robin Reid Marketing, LLC. She is passionate about helping women discover their identity, purpose, and joy by having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Robin has ministered to women experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, prostitution and more for over 15 years.