The day did not work out as planned.
The assignment that needed to be finished was held up for a number of factors most of which were out of your control. You felt off at work with some of your work colleagues and you’re not sure if your manager has the same positive sentiments to you as he had previously. If you’re honest the home environment is not all it could be and the argument you had with her last night hasn’t been resolved properly – there are still lingering issues. The less said about the toxic atmosphere that’s still prevailing in the church services of late, the better. It’s getting to the stage where it takes everything in you to tolerate the phone calls you get about one person being such a nasty piece of work and they call themselves a Christian.
The situation may not be so extreme, but after a bad day it’s a challenge to find reasons to be grateful. When the mountain in your way last week is still in your way this week even after you and your friend prayed the prayer of faith, it’s tough to find reasons to be grateful.
That’s why it’s good to come across those reasons even in the worse days. The words of hymns and spiritual songs do wonders to remind us of the perspective on our situation that’s the best to take. Reading psalms of good times and bad is also useful to know that even to express our hardships and discomfort to a Father who listens and cares is something in itself that merits thanksgiving.
It is not the case that every time you practice gratitude everything will be fine. It is often the cast that even in offering gratitude it can be misconstrued or simply neglected.
The thing about gratitude, though, is the target audience of gratitude. A God who loves giving celebrates His children who also love to give – especially giving Him thanks. Making a practice of gratitude particularly in the light of bad times is a tremendous test of character and helps us get a good perspective on what motivates us.
It doesn’t always change the circumstances, but it can cause a shift in our temperament that will allow us to approach it with peace and focus and not remain downcast and in despair.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden