This morning as I started my day, with 30 minutes of exercise of course, I couldn't help but think about God's Blessings and being thankful. Thankful for another beautiful day of life, thankful for a home, thankful for a job, thankful for my family, thankful for being able to move without pain and able to do things and be productive...
Does that mean I don't ever have problems? Hardly. I deal with traumatic and stressful events and disapointments every day of my life. But you take the good with the bad, and keep on trucking. You see, no matter how bad things go, we can hold onto what is good. The Bible says "...whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
In other words, in the midst of a trial or storm, or even when things are good. See the best, think the best, and praise God for the things that go well. What this does for those of us who believe is to stir the Holy Spirit of God into our lives. So when we wake up in the morning and thank God for his blessings we are literally saying Good Morning to his Holy Spirit.
Even if you don't believe - try living on the optimist side of life for a change. Choose to dwell on what is good and see the best in people and adverse situations. It makes a difference.