Activated - - NEWS - By Brian Whyte Brian Whyte is an ac­tor and small busi­ness owner in At­lanta, USA.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields pro­duce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cat­tle in the stalls, yet I will re­joice in the Lord, I will be joy­ful in God my sav­ior. —Habakkuk 3:17–18 NIV

I was in­spired the other day when I read some per­sonal ac­counts on a friend's blog on the sub­ject of prais­ing God for His good­ness in spite of daily prob­lems and an­noy­ances.

Gen­er­ally, I'm a thank­ful per­son. I post in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries on my blog or send them to friends and fam­ily by email to share with them the good things that hap­pen in my life. Still, after all th­ese years, I wasn't in the habit of prais­ing God for even the “bad” things—“giv­ing thanks al­ways for all things to God.” I also wasn't in

1 the habit of look­ing for the good in ev­ery­thing.

1. Eph­e­sians 5:20, em­pha­sis added 2. 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 5:18 NIV

But after I read my friend's post, I was re­minded that the lit­tle daily things—a sand­wich, a shower, a sun­set, an en­cour­ag­ing word from a friend, a walk—are all events that are wor­thy of thanks. Pre­vi­ously I'd al­ways waited for a “big­gie” be­fore I would be­come ec­static—like the first time I flew on an air­plane as a child, or when I at­tend a class re­u­nion, or the day I will meet my fu­ture wife or be­come a fa­ther or find buried trea­sure on a South Sea is­land. But that's a lot of wait­ing and a lot of missed chances to be ec­static when I could and should be truly happy and thank­ful to God, even if I'm just eat­ing break­fast in the morn­ing or re­ceiv­ing an email from my mom.

That's eas­ier said than done, you might say—and you'd be to­tally right. But the cool thing about read­ing my friend's post was that it clicked with me that I could in­deed be grate­ful for the same things that she was and in­stantly adopt the same “grat­i­tude at­ti­tude.” Once you start, it be­comes au­to­matic.

So let me re­mem­ber my own words when I'm stuck in down­town traf­fic to­mor­row, or when I'm un­der the weather, or when one of my co­work­ers is get­ting on my nerves. Those an­noy­ances won't mat­ter. I can re­joice and be glad in those times too, when I de­ter­mine to see beauty in ev­ery­thing that comes my way, and “give thanks in all cir­cum­stances; for this is God's will.”


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