The things that draw our attention away from being thankful for all we have is looking to see what someone else has that we don’t. This leaves us with the old expression, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the street.”
But actually, “The grass is greener where you water it.”
Where I focus my energy and attention, the grass will be greener there. Where my attention flows, energy goes, and what I focus on grows bigger. For better or for worse!
That’s why God tells us that it’s a really good thing for us to focus on Him. I can choose to focus on my perceived problems or lack or desires and become downright miserable. Or I can put focus on another person and become too responsible for them. Another form of misery. I can stare at the past or try to see into the future with the same result.
But if I put my focus on the Lord, if I direct my senses there including my words of thanks-giving, then God seems bigger to me and giving thanks works a miracle in my heart, and I am healthier and happier.
And before I realize it, my side of the street is looking pretty good.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Love & Grace,