Did you ever think about being thankful for the “nots”? I mean things like; “I’m thankful I do NOT have poor health,” “I’m thankful I do NOT have financial ruin,” “I’m thankful I do NOT have a broken family.” The NOTS could go on and on.
Usually we are told to be thankful for all that we have and that is definitely a good thing to do. Psalm 68:19 says; “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits.” It’s true – every day there is a fresh load of blessings from God but we can get so used to them they stop feeling fresh. It becomes oh so easy to overlook all that we have.
Concentrating on the “NOTS” can enable us to see thankfulness from a different perspective. That’s a good thing because being continuously thankful is like a potent inoculation. It protects us from all kinds of pesky spiritual diseases like self-pity, arrogance, smugness, a lukewarm heart. Daily thankfulness works to keep our heart soft.
So what don’t you have that you can be grateful for? Start a list. Spend a few minutes each day thinking it over and keep adding to your list. You’ll be surprised how new things keep popping into your head. Pretty soon you will feel like the most blessed person in the world. What do you have to be thankful for? NOTS!
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