I woke up earlier than usual to help my wife get our boys ready for their first day back at school. Aimee headed one way with our middle school boys, while I headed to the elementary school with a 3rd grader and a two year old by my side. I must admit that I woke up with the wrong perspective. Thinking to myself, “Oh Lord, why do I have to get out of this bed so early and why do I have to take these kids to school?” Man, did I need a major attitude adjustment. By 8a.m. my entire perspective was changed as I found myself saying, “thank you God for another day with my kids, teachers who care, and a job where I know we have the opportunity to make an eternal difference.
What about you? Are you looking at life as a glass half empty or half full? A pessimistic attitude can be very contagious and someone like me could be contributing to ungratefulness. Now, I know deep down that we’re all thankful for the blessings in our everyday life. We are thankful for jobs that pay the bills. We are thankful for family and friends by our side. And, we’re even thankful for the opportunities our children have to learn (we just wish they could do that in the evenings)! Seriously, we all know we’re blessed by God with anything we have, but sometimes we fail to thank him amidst our present frustration.
I have decided that from this moment forward I will wake up and say, “Thank you God I woke up” instead of “Oh Lord, Do I have to get up?” I will give thanks to the God who created me, has given me a daily purpose, and a family to share the ups and downs of life with. What about you? Will you give thanks for what you do have or throw fits over what you don’t? Will you see this day as just another day or a God-made day? Well, I have to get to work. God bless you all!
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
(James 1:17)Every good and perfect gift is from above,coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,who does not changelike shifting shadows.