Becoming More Grateful Diminishes Our Troubles
A simple way to becoming more grateful during trouble
I stand amazed by the humility and strength of Fanny Crosby, the writer of more than 8K hymns, who was also thankful for her blindness. It was in her blindness that she was able to see the Lord’s hand in her life.
So much of our gloom and sadness, our despair and sorrow are rooted in ungratefulness. Ingratitude has become a chronic disease that disables and paralyzes joy from flourishing. How many times have I asked myself what would happen if whenever I was asked, How are you? I would answer honestly. I would express all the realities of a life as a homeschool mom, the mishaps, the failures, and setbacks. But that would profit no one, would it?
If we look at the question more closely, How are you? we’ll find its simplicity is more nuanced. Its answer would be a frank one. We may have all the setbacks of our day consuming us, but really, we could answer honestly—really honestly. We’re fine. We really are just fine. We’re better than we deserve. We have more and more than we ever need. We have blessings that we don’t deserve.
Today on my wedding anniversary, I celebrate 15 years of marriage to my husband. As I shared a photo of that wonderful event with my friends: Fifteen years since this day. I’m glad God intervened in my life.
But I have all, and abound: I am full… (Philippians 4:18)
I have all.
I am full.
And like Fanny Crosby, I share a Saviour who forgives, and who gives abundantly beyond what I could ever believe I need or want. I understand how God intervened in my life. I remember where I used to be and where God found me. As I ponder this thought, I want to live simply, writing the chronicles of God’s work in my life, not going to such an extent to magnify my name but rather His. My accomplishments are but filthy rags but His power is most magnified.
A humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. -Henry Ward Beecher