1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
On Monday, I wake up feeling like I didn't sleep well. I'm tired and dragging. Even my morning coffee, which typically charges my drowsy batteries, isn't doing the trick.
Then, it starts . . .
First, the nose runs. I'm sneezing. My eyes water. Good grief! And, I think Am I coming down with a cold? I can't afford to be sick! I'm supposed to be back in the gym today. What? The last tissue??? Is this a joke?
Hoping it's allergies and not a full-fledged cold, I grab the Claritin off our medicine shelf and pop one down. It works. Sort of . . .
Bleary-eyed and fuzzy-headed, I resort to using toilet paper to blow my nose as the Kleenex is gone. My nose thinks it's a faucet opened full-throttle. I feel myself beginning to slide down the slippery slope of self-pity, a place which I know all too well will make me feel like this Grumpy Cat.
Not good! Having a bad attitude will only make things worse. I know this from years of trial and error. And, I don't want to go there. I want to look like this not-so-Grumpy Cat!
So, what do I do? I decide to be grateful instead of crabby. After all, I'm always promoting a gratitude attitude here at Meditations of My Heart. Why not take my own advice?
As the day progresses, here are some of the things for which I give thanks:
- I don't have a fever.
- I'm not so sick I can't drive to the store for more Kleenex.
- My head may be too stuffy for writing, but I can still read and catch up on some favorite blogs.
- It may take me twice as long to do simple chores like laundry and making the bed up, but I can still accomplish those tasks.
- It's a cool, sunny fall day.
- At least, I am sick at the beginning of the week, and not the end as I have a huge book signing on Saturday.
- Band practice is moved from Tuesday to Thursday; I should be well enough by then to participate.
I know these are simple things for which to be grateful, yet, just as a wall is built one brick at a time, it is in the small blessings, recognized and appreciated, which add up to create the sturdy foundation for a gratitude attitude.
As St. Paul says, "give thanks in all circumstances," good and bad, for God's will is working through it all.
Amen, Paul, amen!
How are you practicing a gratitude attitude today?
Prayer: Father, it's no fun to be sick, but knowing You are with us always gives us great comfort. Let us give thanks to You in all circumstances, rejoice always, and pray without ceasing. In Jesus' name, amen.