Good morning Chuvanians!!
It is a beautiful morning here in Southern New Jersey and as I look outside, I can’t help but thank God for all the blessings and good things that he sends my way. I am totally grateful that God has blessed me not only with sufficient income to live comfortably but a family that is loving, supporting and healthy as well as great friends who lift me up and provide support in the absence of family. I couldn’t really ask for more.
Now, I understand chemical imbalances in the brain and that there are people out there who really cannot control how they feel and must take medications to help them get through the day. I do get that and I feel for them. Other than those people though, I think that what I heard during mass last Sunday sums it all up for me. I rarely become depressed (knock on wood) and I always thought because I am a really busy person. My mind is always running a thousand miles a minute and I have no time to wallow in self-pity or look at others to find out why they are better than me or in a better situation than I have.
The priest said something that hit it home for me. He said that if we have a grateful heart, there is no space within it to feel depressed, lonely, and inferior. If we are grateful for all the little things that we have in our lives, how can we feel sad about what we have? I am grateful for the tiny house that I have because it provides a roof over my head that many people do not have. I am thankful that I have a job that provides me the things that I need (and sometimes want). I am joyful that I am healthy, able to walk and get up in the morning to do the things that I want to do. Many do not have that opportunity or choice even. So, while I may not have much, I am grateful for all of the things that I have and do not have. And that is why I believe that I have no feelings of inferiority (at least not always. hehe).
I was driving to work the other day and it was such a beautiful fall morning. Listening to my Christian station on Pandora, I couldn’t help but feel my heart overflow with gladness. It was the most amazing feeling. I really felt that God was present with me that very moment. That has happened to me several times in my life and I remember one day when I was driving to New Holland, PA. on a hot summer afternoon when I looked up the sky and saw the bluest sky and the most fluffy clouds. I couldn’t help but cry with joy. Another time was when I was driving to Bakersfield, CA. and the view of the golden hills and hay fields captured my being. I cried as well.
Listen, if we keep our eyes filled with beautiful things, we fill our hearts with beautiful things. Our eyes are the windows to our soul right? Let us be thankful of what we have and what we don’t have. If I am content with what I have, there’s no reason why I should want more. I am not saying that it is wrong to want more. We can achieve what we believe we can achieve. Not being content with what you have drives us to get something better and it’s okay. As long as you don’t go overboard to the point where you become unhappy.
1 Thessalonians 5:18King James Version (KJV)
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I wish you all a blessed weekend and until then, be grateful always.