Ten Things

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Be blessed 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 5 vs 18

“In ev­ery­thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Je­sus for you.”

The rea­son for liv­ing is one of the most fun­da­men­tal is­sues that many peo­ple strug­gle with on a daily ba­sis. Why do I wake up in the morn­ing, what is my pur­pose and, how do I know whether I have had a pro­duc­tive and fruit­ful day? What con­sti­tutes pro­duc­tiv­ity? Is it be­ing em­ployed, run­ning a busi­ness or hav­ing some sort of oc­cu­pa­tion that you can re­fer to as work?

The mo­tions of life are un­end­ing, it’s a con­tin­u­ous cy­cle where you sleep, wake up, sleep again and so on. How you spend this time is de­pen­dent on what has been made pos­si­ble in your life.

For many peo­ple, the abil­ity to dream, pur­sue those dreams and have some­thing to be happy about at the end of each day is as elu­sive as find­ing a pot of gold at the end of rain­bow.

When your abil­ity to work, grow, suc­ceed and live like you de­sire is be­ing hin­dered by cir­cum­stances be­yond your con­trol, it can dis­cour­age you to the point where you give up try­ing. Be­ing dis­cour­aged can be so over­whelm­ing that it makes you sink to depths that can be very dif­fi­cult to resur­face from. Dur­ing those mo­ments we can lose track of the fact that, through it all, there are still things that we can be grate­ful for.

I was told a story of a home­less per­son who met a young man who had run away from home, when the home­less per­son asked the young man why he had left home he said he was try­ing to find a bet­ter life. The home­less man then shared some wis­dom that his mother had taught him with the young man. He said, my mother taught me that each day you must al­ways find ten things to be grate­ful for, find a honey pot for ev­ery­thing you want to say thank you to God for.

We are all in this place where the grass al­ways looks greener on the other side. We are al­ways wish­ing for some­thing we don’t have that some­body else has. No mat­ter what we have, we are never re­ally sat­is­fied.

Amidst all the dif­fi­cul­ties we face, we can al­ways find ten things that we are grate­ful for. If a home­less man with very lit­tle hope can find things to say thank you for, with a smile and a ray of hope in his voice, surely you and I can also draw up our own daily list.

We must not only fo­cus on the prob­lems we have but we should also ac­knowl­edge the bless­ings that we have been given. Even when hope may have been lost or the pos­si­bil­ity of any­thing good has been squashed, we must re­main pos­i­tive.

You may be job­less and suf­fer­ing to­day or you may be go­ing through sick­ness and pain but that does not in any way mean that your fate has been sealed. It does not mean that the fu­ture will not bring all the bless­ings that have been as­signed to your name.

To­day’s dif­fi­cul­ties are not to­mor­row’s pos­si­bil­i­ties, on God’s word any sit­u­a­tion can turn around, but the lessons we would have learned will hold true long af­ter we have found our pot of gold.

We are all called to be teach­ers who min­is­ter to oth­ers but be­fore we can share life’s lessons we our­selves must be taught and that way we can save more souls.

Find ten things to say thank you for each day, re­mem­ber­ing that in th­ese ten things lies your honey pot, your bless­ing from above.

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