There is real power in being thankful.
We know how to exercise our body to improve balance, tone, flexibility, strength, and over all health.
Did you know there is an exercise for our minds? If you feed it with dwelling on your situation, it is the same as not reasonably taking care of your physical body.
When I become overwhelmed with discouragement, everything looks grim. But when I pause and think about the beauty in the midst of sorrow, it lifts me out of despair. When I choose to give someone more benefit than doubt, I am a happier person.
That’s because I have not allowed that situation access to destroying me. Being thankful for the good that has come my way gives me a better outlook on life.
This isn’t “positive thinking”. It is a deeper, genuine, heart-felt moment of gratefulness.
Our emotions have a purpose, but we can’t live with them being the sole navigator of our thoughts. God gave us emotions (he has them, too) but he also gave us the ability to think reasonably.
You might have good reason to be angry. Set it aside for 1 minute. Let your thoughts go to what you are thankful for.
Dealing with tragedies do take longer. There is horrific, destructive pain out there. No one who loses a loved one is comforted by thinking (or being told) “at least you had them for a time”. No. You want them back and that’s all you feel.
It’s okay. God is not in a hurry. And what I have found is he brings small moments of brightness to your life when you aren’t expecting it. Gently and softly he touches your wounded heart with tender care. People often do not do this for us so don’t be upset. Some people expect more from Christians. It’s understandable because we expect compassion, care, and essentially, love. It is what it is. Don’t let people define how God does things.
You can conquer the reality of your situation through how you think.
Practice being thankful and watch what happens.