Friday, November 25, 2011


In this economy it is easy to become downtrodden, discouraged, and think that perhaps the Lord has forgotten us.
Life is hard. Sometimes it tests me to my very limit. But I’ve noticed something lately. Everyone struggles with something.
At my work alone, there are two examples. One woman, after her husband was in an accident that left him with brain damage, is the sole provider for her family. Another woman has a similar problem—her husband has developed some type of neurological problem that has left him unable to use his muscles correctly, and he isn't able to work. Her job, that used to be for personal spending money, is now their main support. One woman at my church is struggling while her husband is slowly dying of cancer.
These women are good examples to me. They face each day with courage and a good attitude about life. Whether we like it or not, life was meant to be hard. We were meant to be tested.
In truth, it is easier to develop a bad attitude, become cynical, and to forget the things in our lives that are going well. Developing a grateful heart is much harder. It takes daily—hourly, focusing on the good things in life, and remembering the blessings that we do have.
Husband under employed?—at least he has a job.
Husband doesn’t have a job?—now he can spend more time in the scriptures developing a relationship with Deity, and he can strengthen his relationships at home, develop talents, go to college … sitting at home being bored is a copout.
Health issues in your family?—at least you have a family to love.
Wayward teens driving you nuts?—some families aren’t able to have children.
For any trial, we can if we try, flip it over and turn it into a blessing.
My challenge for the day is to mentally locate the thing that is bringing you the most discouragement, and to flip it over. Turn your trial into a feeling of gratitude and have a happy day.
Happy people live longer so this holiday season remember to have an attitude of gratitude.


Teddy said...

I love this post Aunt Tina...just beautiful. Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!

Valerie Ipson said...

This is such a valuable concept. Choosing to be grateful definitely blesses the grateful one!