I came across the following poem many years ago and found it very inspirational.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something.
It gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations.
They give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge.
It will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary.
It means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles.
They can become your blessings.
Have you ever thought about it that way? That sure is an interesting way to look at gratitude and life. This poem got me thinking when I read it the first time and made me more grateful for all my blessings. God has blessed us with many wonderful things and people in our lives, yet how many of us take the time to thank him? As the psalmist said, we ought to “Give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds” (Ps. 107:31). If you thank God for his goodness, do you thank him often? If we were to thank God for everything he gives us either directly or indirectly, we would be thanking him several times a day, every day. In fact, we would live a life of gratitude, and every day would be Thanksgiving Day.