"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." Psalm 103:2
I was talking with one of my customers the other day. I found out that her husband passed away a couple of years ago. What we were talking about was the fact that someone has recently stolen all her yard equipment-- including shovels, rakes, weed eater, etc.-- and she was on her way to try to buy some more. She said that someone had tried on another occasion to steal her lawn mower but couldn't. At the end of our conversation, she said that everything would be all right because she had plenty to be thankful for and that there was more good in her life than bad.
Her words were very encouraging, because even though she was a widow, on a fixed income, was being robbed, had to spend extra to replace what was stolen, she still focused more on the blessings of what she had than what she didn't have, or the bad things that she was going through.
How many times do we focus on the bad and forget the good? How many times do we focus on what we don't have instead of what we do have? How often do we look at the negative and forget the positive? How many times do we complain about our lack and forget to be grateful for our plenty? Do we complain about what is being "done to us" instead of what is being "done for us"?
If we woke up this morning, we should be thankful. If we didn't go to bed hungry last night, we shouldn't be complaining. If we have clothes on our back and shoes on our feet, clean water to drink, a place to lay our head at night, shelter from storms, and so on, we should be counting our blessings instead of murmuring and complaining about the bad that is happening in our lives.
Have a great day. Bad things will happen to us, but don't forget about all the good things that we have.