Sometimes you don’t know what you have until you don’t have it anymore.
Even if life isn’t the way you would like it to be… Find gratitude in it. It doesn’t make sense but it really can bring joy to your heart.
Recently I read The Hiding Place, the story of the life of Corrie ten Boom. While in a concentration camp Corrie’s sister, Betsie, remained positive and full of joy in horrendous conditions – even while riddled with sickness. The intentionality behind her gratitude was heroic! For example, the sleeping arrangements were ridiculously crowded – three (or more) high bunks with ten or more people per nasty, rancid, lice infested, flea ridden mattress. In conditions like these, when Corrie was angry and at her wit’s end, Betsie encouraged gratitude. Probably my favorite part of the story is when Betsie prays, gratefully for the fleas. Mid prayer, Corrie interrupts. “ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You want me to be grateful for the fleas?” (my paraphrase) Betsie persisted and Corrie finally, hesitantly, agreed to be grateful for fleas because God must have some use for them.
That’s just it… Sometimes with gratitude, you have to “fake it ’til you make it.” The point is to get started. It gets easier.
As it turned out, the fleas did serve a purpose. I recommend reading the story so you can find out what that purpose was!
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