There are many people in this world who are not happy in their life. They don’t look at the blessings that are before them, but instead they focus on what they are missing. They look at the rich and famous and envy what they have, they look at the social media stars and wish that was their life, but if they took the time to shift their perspective from being one of envious into one of being grateful, I believe every person would be thankful for what they have no matter how little it may seem to them. It is easy for anyone to envy the life of those whom we perceive are perfect, but the truth is there are no perfect people. Everyone has their struggles, everyone has their ups and downs, everyone has their trials and challenges that they have to work on and try to overcome. We don’t see the struggles of others, we don’t see the burdens they carry, but rest assured they are there. That is why we should be thankful for our life and our blessings. We should show our gratitude for all that we have been blessed to receive. (Habakkuk 3:17-19) (Joshua 1:9)
My prayer every single day is a simple one, “Thank you Lord for all that You have given me and blessed me with.” We have to be grateful no matter our circumstances. We have to look at all that we possess and see good in it instead of focusing on what we lack and finding an excuse to murmur and complain. We are not created to complain. God created man to have dominion over the earth, not to find complaint with it. We are to recognize our authority as God’s children and see that God wishes for us to be the head and not the tail, the lender and not the borrower, to above only and not beneath. We must believe that we are meant for more. We must trust that our life with all of this trials, challenges and setbacks is still meant to be significant. Let us be a people of praise. Let us focus on the good that is before us. Let us make God proud with our life’s confession so that He may look down proudly upon us and bless our life all the more because of our unwavering faith and trust in His provision and sustenance. (Isaiah 26:3-4) (Hebrews 13:5-6)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to look at your life with a fresh perspective focusing more on your many blessings rather than your temporary trials.
A BETTER LIFE
“I want a better life.” That has become the slogan of our society today. Everywhere we look there are a thousand suggestions on how to live a better life. There are pills, exercises, and diet books to help us lose weight so we can live a better life. There are lotions, treatments, and surgeries to help us look better so we can live a better life. There are cell phones, computers, and televisions to keep us connected and entertained so we can live a better life. There are cars, clothes, and fancy homes to keep us feeling wealthy so we can live a better life. There are schools, classes, and colleges to get our kids ready to live an even better life than we do. There are also jobs, cash, and credit cards to keep us spending for all of these things so that we can one day, hopefully, have that better life we dream about.
I want a better life too, but I don’t think that any of these things will help me to get it. I have tried a lot of them over the years and while they may make you feel better for a moment they don’t bring you the lasting happiness you want. I have found for myself that the only way to have a better life is to live a better life, and the only way to give your children a better life is to show them how to live a better life as well.
How do you live a better life? You start by living more for your soul and less for your wallet. You spend more time hugging and less time buying. You turn off the television and take a walk with your children. You smile more and worry less. You spend more time with your loved ones and less time at the office. You laugh longer and more often. You look in your heart more and in the mirror less. You make your first job spreading joy rather than earning money. You realize just how much God loves you and you spend your days sharing that love with everyone you meet. And you always remember that your life is a gift from God and how you live it is your gift back.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Colossians 3:15-16 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Psalm 37:23-25 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him My salvation.”
Psalm 56:9-11 “When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. In God will I praise His word: in the LORD will I praise His word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry