Gratitude is a wonderful antidote for sadness. If we look to what others have and compare our possessions with theirs, often we will feel sad and ungrateful for what we have been blessed with. We have a tendency to only see the good things that others have – big house, fancy car, nice clothes – and not to see the struggles that they go through.
But if we focus instead on the blessings we have, peace and joy abound. If we focus on the fact that we have a roof over our heads, food on the table, and clothes to wear, we will realize we have all we need.
But the best blessings are often the people in our lives. Family can provide us with an abundance of happiness and support. Rejoicing in the blessings our family members enjoy can bring a smile to our face. Yesterday, we attended the college graduation of a beloved nephew, and it was such a blessing to see what a successful young man he has become. Spending time with family to celebrate was wonderful.
God has blessed my family, and it is good to be able to share with each other how He has blessed each of us. This is something Jesus would be pleased for us to do.
Jesus . . . said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19.
I am grateful for my family and for all that God has done to bless us. On this Mother’s Day, it brings me joy to focus on such blessings of family. I hope you will see your blessings today, too.