“The things we take for granted someone else is praying for.” Anonymous

I recently came across this quote and it stopped me in my tracks- seriously. I had to ask myself, what am I focused on and what am I taking for granted that someone else is likely asking God for?

It didn’t take me long to realize that I was so wrapped up in trying to fix what wasn’t right in my life that there was little-to-no room left to consider what was going right. If you are like me, you will find it easy to get caught up in the busyness of everyday life and take for granted the many blessings that surround us.

So, I realized it was time to stop and think about everything I am grateful for. Sure, there are things I wish I wasn’t going through or having to deal with, but in reality, I can think of plenty of things that I’m thankful for, like my family, friends, health, and the privilege of having the freedom to worship and acknowledge Jesus Christ openly and without fear. If we just stop and think about it, there are all kinds of things we can be grateful for, and most likely– they are things other people are praying for right this very moment!

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Over the past few years, I’ve attended too many funerals of close friends and loved ones, many who’ve crossed over into eternity much too soon. So, as I contemplate the things I take for granted, I think about life itself and I immediately thank God for today and for the opportunity to fulfill the purpose He has given me this very day for.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, 
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; 
all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 
Psalm 139:16

Only God knows the number of our days; therefore, we must choose to embrace the fact that life is short and make the very most of it every day!

Are you embracing an attitude of gratitude?

1) Ask yourself: what am I grateful for and what am I taking for granted?

2) Take out a piece of paper and write down at least ten things that you are grateful for.

3) Pray, thank God for your blessings, and meditate on them throughout the day.

4) Make this exercise a part of your daily routine!

When we make time every day to adopt an attitude of gratefulness, it shines through in our personalities, outlook, performance, and relationships.

Remember:

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
Proverbs 17:22

Are you grateful?