“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. God’s gifts are everywhere, but many times, I fail to see them. I expect fireworks when God performed the miracle of letting my heart beat through the night and by letting me breathe. I expect God to do great things, but He already has. I just go through life with my eyes shut.
Today I probably complained about many things, like not getting more sleep, having to go to work, or even how the sun wasn’t shining. But in retrospect of reality, these complaints are so minor it’s pathetic. In fact I should’ve thanked God for the sleep I had, the privilege to have a good job, and that the trees were extra beautiful. What is my complaining in comparison to the abandoned orphan, the destitute single mom, or the forgotten senior in the nursing home? What about the coworker that may be going through a difficult struggle? How sad it would be if I only caved into myself rather than reaching out and showing her Jesus?
Are my problems somehow more important than those around me? No. God calls us to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess 5:16). That is the essence of joy. It’s focusing on Jesus and His unchanging nature. I am still learning how to have joy despite confusion and pain. Joy can be a sacrifice but it’s fragrance is catching and invites others to praise God as well. I’ve learned that when I am hurting, depressed or unmotivated the best thing for me to do is to spend time with God, thank Him for His blessings and go love on someone else. So today, instead of focusing on your problems ask God to show you just one person to love on in tiny but impactful ways.