Our 2nd Guiding Principal – APPRECIATE!
“When I started counting my blessings my whole life turned around.”
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
Do you appreciate God and all the little ways he shows himself in your day to day life?
Off course we appreciate God. And It’s easy to appreciate the big things – the extraordinary. Their very nature makes us wake up and take notice. A loved one survives a terrible wreck. Your house survives a hurricane. You come into an unexpected windfall of cash at the precise moment you needed it most. These things don’t happen every day. When they do, you immediately recognize their presence and (hopefully) thank God for the blessing.
What about the little things though?
Children laughing and playing in the snow. A butterfly flitting by when you’re having a bad day. A kiss from a loved one when you walk through the door at the end of a long day. All of these are blessings, and yet most of them go unappreciated in the hubbub of our hectic lives.
True appreciation takes work.
First, we have to find a way to be present even as life accosts us from all sides with bills to pay, soccer games to get to, and deadlines to meet. There is truly no end to the distractions that come our way on a daily basis. It can be hard enough to find a moment to breathe, let alone take time to appreciate all the little God Things that make life so wonderful. The best way to do this is to make it a habit. Habits come naturally and without having to think. Once you learn how to appreciate God habitually your subconscious will take care of most of the work for you – all that is left for you to do is thank him when you get a moment to breath!
Ways to start to appreciate God habitually:
- Be ‘present’ or ‘mindful‘ – Mathew 6:34 says “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
- Choose one good thing you want to be on the lookout for throughout the day. You might decide to take notice every time you see someone smile or say thank you. When you notice it SAY THANK YOU!
The change is real and immediate!
We are speaking from personal experience here. Once you start to appreciate the blessings God starts to multiply them. Life is never going to be all wine and roses, but there is much more of both when you appreciate the ones you already have! It’s like good ole’ Willie says in the quote at the top of the page:
“When I started counting my blessings my whole life turned around.” ~ Willie Nelson
Read our article on Belief
Read our article on Sharing God’s Love
Did something great (big or small) happen to you recently? Was something God did a beacon in the darkness of your day? We would love to hear about it in the comments below!