Or what they could afford to buy their children that we couldn't afford to buy ours. Our perspective slips. We're not so thankful anymore, and gratitude takes a back seat to a perspective fueled by something other than thankfulness.
Every one of us can look to someone who has life just a little bit better than us. Ok, maybe a lot better than us. And so often that's where we want to focus. But that kind of focus is not the perspective we should own.
Every one of us can look to someone who has life just a little bit worse than us. Many of us know someone who has life way worse than us. However, this is not typically our focus or perspective.
Having the wrong perspective can send me spiraling into my own little pity party. Poor pitiful me. Look what I don't have. Look what they have. This is wrong thinking, and dangerous! I'm likely to fall into this kind of thinking when I see someone with a cute new outfit. You know, that outfit appropriately color coordinated for the season with shoes and bling to match. Or, I'm watching the newest season of whatever show HGTV is airing now. Or worse yet, someone drives into the church parking lot with a brand new car.
Focus on what you have and cannot lose because Jesus Christ has sought your needy soul. By doing so you will cultivate a garden of gratitude in your own life as you plant seeds of thanksgiving.
Where is your focus today? What's your perspective? Temporal or eternal?
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