It is so easy when you are chasing a dream that is burning inside of you to focus on what you don’t have. This can give such a bad taste in your mouth, making you ungrateful for the blessings around you. Blessings can end up looking like curses and the very things that you use to plead God for are now holding you back. The thing is if we took care of what God has given us we prove ourselves to be good stewards. We should be focused on the next step, but at the same time we need to have an appreciation and gratitude for what we have already. Perception change is so key. We often overlook the good and beautiful things we have and look longingly toward the future. The huge falsity is that we are almost there. The truth is that we will always be almost there. The next thing will not fulfill you. Ouch! I wish it weren’t true some days. God is the only thing in this world that will ever fill that void. These 4 things help me to focus on my blessings.
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1. Worship. Nothing can change your attitude like worshiping the one that has given you the breath in your lungs.(Tweet) Two songs that are really hitting home right now with me are No one Higher by Seth Condrey and Oceans by Hillsong United. When we worship God we tend to value what He values. It will strengthen and edify you.
*Edify is to instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually.
2. Celebrate. Take time to celebrate the success. I and I am sure you as well focus too much on improving and give no time to stop and celebrate the success. Take time to reflect on how God has come through. I am so much more energized and alive when I celebrate a win. It doesn’t have to be big, but it will add gratefulness to your spirit. Take the time to enjoy life.
3. Volunteer. Get your mind off your own wants and desires by helping others. We need to be intentional here. I feel so blessed with my life after helping others. Mission trips, helping the homeless, and counseling a struggling couple have all given me a greater perspective. I have a house and clean water. I have a wife that loves me and treats me with respect. I am a blessed man.
” Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” ~Philippians 2:3-4
4. Time. I am a terrible judge of time. I expect things to happen too quickly. When I look at other people’s lives I have found that it appears things just happened for them. This is not the reality of time. Acknowledge upfront that your expectation of time is probably way off. Your dream will take longer and cost more than you think it will. Hold on to hope. It will happen just give it more time.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. ” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1
So if you are struggling with your joy get your eyes on Jesus. Help someone and celebrate what you have now. Focus on your part and truly trust God with His plan and His timing. An attitude of gratitude will lift your spirits. Be blessed on your journey.
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