Having a thankful mind-set

It’s a very dreary day in Boston. The sky is grey and the weather is wet. It is such a perfect day to complain. You know those days, you look out the window and it seems that the bleakness of the moment perfectly represents the dullness of your situation.

I began to feel that way this morning as I looked out the window. I tend to be a creature of my environment. When the sky is blue and the sun is shiny, there is this unexpected joy that tends to swell up my heart. But when the day is gloomy, I see life as uninspiring.

This morning I got out of bed and trudged over to my designated meditation spot in front of the balcony where I get a view of the sky. I looked at the dull scenery beyond the windows and opened my devotional. Here is an excerpt.

“Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

March 25

Let thankfulness temper all your thoughts. A thankful mind-set keeps you in touch with Me. I hate it when My children grumble, casually despising My sovereignty. Thankfulness is a safeguard against this deadly sin. Furthermore, a grateful attitude becomes a grid through which you perceive life. Gratitude enables you to see the Light of My Presence shining on all your circumstances. Cultivate a thankful heart, for this glorifies Me and fills you with Joy.

1 Corinthians 10:10; Hebrews 12:28-29

Ha! Did God have a message for me or what?

I blamed my feelings on the weather but it was my mind-set that’s at fault. I remember writing a blog post last year entitled, We see things as we are. In that blog post, I discussed a Talmud quote about how we view the world.

“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” The Hebrew teaching asserts.

My mind-set determines my reality. So today on this dreary, rainy, grey tinted day, I will decide to have a thankful mind-set.

I have so much to be thankful for. Three of my siblings celebrated birthdays! I am so grateful for their presence in my life. I saw Alvin Ailey for the the first time! It was amazing! I’m cultivating a social and dating life in Boston. I still get along with my roommate. I’m working something out with my loans. I have Fridays off! Woohoo! I have grandparents that are still living and praying continuously for me. I got a round trip ticket to Chicago for under $100! That’s freaking awesome.

I’m getting ecstatic just listing these blessings. I think I’m going to do another gratitude challenge.

You are free to join me in April as I dedicate a month to gratitude. All of my posts will be written in a thankful mind-set. I’ll keep you updated.

Also, thank YOU for following my blog. I appreciate your support, concerns and comments on my journey to finding myself and God.

Enjoy this awesome day and find something to be thankful about!

Peace,

Esther

 

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