Focusing on what we don’t have is a sure fire guarantee that we will go through life in a state of frustration and dissatisfaction. Even when desires are fulfilled many people still don’t feel happy because they simply move onto the next thing they are wanting and forget to honour God with what He has blessed them with already.
An antidote to living in this state of dissatisfaction is to learn to honour and be grateful for what we have now. Instead of looking at our job, home, looks, partner, relationships or anything else in our life and wishing they were different we can honour what we have already and look for the positives and the attributes we do appreciate rather than the things we don’t like about our lives. Rather than complaining about our job, workplace, family, church or wherever we spend our time, we can honour and respect what we do have in these things and remember to be grateful. When we do that we get into doing things God’s way and our perspective changes and He brings the increase.
For example rather than complaining about not being able to go on holiday, we can think of ways to have fun at home. Some people even go to the airport in their city and then act as if they are tourists visiting for the first time. They have a great time exploring and seeing their home with fresh eyes.
If we honour and hold in high esteem what we have we end up focusing on the good things about our life and consequently we become more patient, loving, considerate, satisfied, grateful, take hold of opportunities, bounce back from disappointments far easier and have more fun in life.
When we honour what we have God also knows that He can trust us with more. He knows we won’t just brush aside His hand of blessing on our lives. That we will appreciate the people He brings into our world, the children He blesses us with and the work, gifts and talents He bestows upon us. When we honour what we have He knows we can be trusted with greater things.
“Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. If then, you have not been faithful with worldly wealth, who will entrust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:10-12)
Today honour and give thanks for what you have, rather than what you don’t. As you do you’ll start to make the most of the good things in your life and respect and honour them. Then God will trust you with more.
Prayer: Lord please help me to have eyes to see and a heart to acknowledge all that I have in my life. That I would not spend my time and energy always looking at what I don’t have and therefore miss everything I have already been blessed with. I honour and give you thanks for everything and everyone in my life today and especially that I can know you. In Jesus name Amen.