The Weekly Word, by Pastor Donna
GRATITUDE: Turning what we have into enough!
We have so much to be grateful for. Yet often so much comes at us on a daily basis that it is difficult to actually see the good things and the blessings that surround us. It is true some of us face insurmountable odds in our life. It could be living paycheck to paycheck and the stress that causes. It could be trying to figure out how you’re going to get your children through college. It could be job loss. It could be an illness that you are dealing with or that of a loved one you now need to care for.
It could be an addiction that enslaves you. Maybe you are not the one who suffers from addiction but you have suffered because of the collateral damage it causes. Or maybe it is a failed relationship, the end of a marriage. It is so hard to count blessings when this is what consumes your thinking. Nevertheless, these are just events. A blip on your timeline. An event that does not have to define you.
Gratitude is like a boat that meanders down the long winding river of life. When we begin to realize that gratitude is a vehicle that surrounds us and protects us from the elements, that it is what keeps us buoyant when the waves come and the tempest looms, fear, dread and hopelessness take a back seat.
This is why I can say for certain, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough”. It lifts us up so we do not have to stay, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES! It raises one to see possibilities rather than what seems impossible.