"And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you."
Life isn't always easy, and sometimes we focus on what we don't have, rather than being thankful for what we do have.
I grew up poor and my parents didn't have a lot. They worked really hard for everything that we did have and we scraped by. My earliest memories are being dragged down the rows on my daddy's cotton sack, while he and mama worked for 50 cents a pound. Of course, I didn't realize then just how poor we really were because we ate every day, we had a clean house, we had clean clothes, and we were bathed. We never knew how hard mama and daddy had it. We were taught to be thankful for the things we had, and we were taught to pray for the food on the table before we ever put a bite in our mouth.
Today, the focus seems to be more on what we don't have, rather than being thankful for what we do have. We see people willing to steal and kill for the things they think they have a right to. Young people think its all right to beat up another person for their shoes, jacket, or electronics. The world seems to have twisted itself into a knot over the want of things. And we see people who have so many things and still aren't happy, yet they continue to pursue more and more things.
I'm not going to say it's not nice to have the things that we want, because it is nice to have things. It's nice to have cars, a house, clothes and shoes, and all of those things that we see others have. But when those things become what is most important to us, they become anchors around our neck. Things will never have the capability to make us happy because things are just things. When we die, those things were gonna go to somebody else or they're just going to sit and rot.
Happiness can only be attained through a renewing of who we are on the inside, not from what we have on the outside (2 Corinthians 4:16). But who we are on the inside begins with being thankful for what we have on the outside, no matter how great or small.
I am thankful for being raised to appreciate what I have, knowing that satisfaction and happiness comes from a heart of gratitude and hard work.