Life is in stages. Times keep changing, different seasons come and go. We are not static, we keep moving.
Sometimes, we move into a season that’s not too pleasant and it looks like it will never end while other times, we move into a season that looks too good to be true.
Quotes like “No condition is permanent” and “Don’t give up” make us believe that with time, things will get better. It’s so easy to believe these things when you are at an all-time high.
But when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, it will take more than a quote to keep you on your feet.
I discovered something else- a key ingredient that will not just change our seasons in life but will also change our attitude no matter the season we are in- G.R.A.T.I.T.U.D.E
Everyone of us has been through times that you seem not to have anything to be grateful for. Things are not working out fine and you have reached your wits end. How can you thank God in that situation?
I have learned that gratitude is a choice, you don’t have to have a reason to be grateful but if you choose to be grateful, your eyes will be opened to a thousand reasons to burst forth in praise.
If you are in a ‘dry season of life’ the most natural thing to do is to complain, grumble and murmur. Gratitude doesn’t come naturally and it is not an easy thing to do. It’s more comfortable to go around comparing your life with others and gnashing your teeth while counting all the things you don’t have.
But here is what I’ve learnt:
“Truly, life is in stages! There was a time I didn’t have what I have now, couldn’t do what I can do now and was not all God wanted me to be. Also, there will be a time when I will have what I don’t have now, will be able to do what I can’t do now and will be all that God wants me to be.”
I always remind myself of this and I thank God!
Thanking God for both the little things and the big things keeps your heart in a state of constant trust and dependence on Him and guards against wandering into depression or haughtiness. Both are two deadly extremes! Instead, like Job; you will always acknowledge the Lord in good or bad times.
An attitude of gratitude is the best way to cope with the ever changing seasons of life’s adventures. Whether you are high in the sky or low in the pits, a grateful heart will prevent you from sinking down or being puffed up.
This understanding has changed my entire perspective on a lot of things and I want you to let it sink in. It has made me to always thank God for where He brought me from, where I am now and where He is taking me to.
That way, I stay grateful for the past, joyful at the present and hopeful for the future. I enjoy every season!
I can’t say it’s easy, but I can say it’s possibe and in fact, that’s how God wants us to live.
Let your heart rest and always remind yourself that life is in stages. Stay grateful, stay joyful and stay hopeful; this week and always.
Cheers to an amazing week!
PS: I have something cooking for Brides-to-be in my next post. Stay tuned!