Picture this, a person is $22 million in debt and their business is bleeding after a bad year. Then one day a friend thought about them and gave them $5000 after hearing their issues. A client also made a payment of $2 million days after into their bank account. My question to you is, should they be grateful and excited about the $2,005,000 they have in their bank account—that is technically for their debtors—or should they be sad about the $19,995,000 they still owe? Let’s say they managed to clear their debt of $19,995,000 after more customer deposits, should they be worried about the fact that they have zero in their bank account or the fact that they are debt free?
Think about it?
You see, we all have multiple opportunities to worry each day as well as to be grateful for the little things. The opportunities to worry are endless, for there will always be something happening in the world that has the power to seep our joy should we let it.
Gratitude requires effort, but it eliminates worry. I have personally found myself being worried about products that didn’t sell or commissions that didn’t materialize; rather than focusing and being grateful for the ones that worked, or being excited about projects I am working on. It’s like eating breakfast and being sad because you are thinking about the lunch you didn’t have two days ago. Worry robs us of the present or the presents God has placed in our hands. When the Bible says cast your care to God (1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22), it practically means tell God about the issues in your life: all the things that pop up in your mind that make you anxious. It means constantly repeating to yourself that you have cast your cares to God and won’t let them worry you, whenever these thoughts come back. And most of all, it means investing all your energy in thinking about your blessings, the open doors, the positive relationships you have. It takes quite some effort, but training ourselves to dwell on our blessings is the key that opens the door to new blessings as well as hearing from God better.
Let’s ask ourselves this one question now, “what one thing, in the midst of all the chaos happening in the world—and possibly our lives—can we be grateful to God for?”
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8
When Paul said—as inspired by the Holy Ghost—that we should think on things that are praiseworthy, true, lovely etc in Philippians 4:8, he was telling us to dwell on God’s goodness. Practically we are to: think of the blessings, the good things, to remind ourselves of God’s goodness, to thank Him for anything that comes to our mind as a blessing. We are to think on these things, and give everything else to God, for it’s His job to seek vengeance, provide for us, and make streams in the desert. This is what makes Him God and whenever we try to take His place through worrying and overthinking about solutions instead of praying and letting go, anxiety takes over and we become ungrateful beings in the process.