Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This week I had an opportunity to reconnect with an old friend who I haven’t spoken to in many years. It was an wonderful conversation as we reminisced about the past and wondered about the future.
The conversation reminded me that everyone is fighting a tough battle called life. I am fighting that battle. You’re fighting that battle. And the person who does something today that really irks you… they’re fighting that battle as well.
Life is a formidable opponent who likes to catch us off guard, knock us to the ground, and then kick us while we’re down just for good measure.
But one thing you need to remember, regardless of how bad it gets, is that we always have something to be thankful for. There is always somebody who has it worse than you. Make it a habit to be grateful everyday, it will transform your attitude and your life. You’ll start to see the beauty around you and enjoy the moments more.
The scripture I chose today recommends to “rejoice always“… AND “…give thanks in all circumstances.” That means even in the darkest moments and circumstances, there is something to be thankful for.
What you focus on you get more of. If you focus on the bad in your life or business, you’ll see all the bad. If you focus on the good, you’ll see the good.
I know this sounds a little Polly-Anna and trust me, that’s not me. You can’t stick your head in the sand when bad things are happening in your life or business and hope they go away. That’s not what I’m suggesting at all.
I’m just suggesting you re-calibrate your focus to the positive.
The best way to do this is with a perspective change. It’s easy to flippantly say, “smile, somebody else has it worst”. But when you’re in the middle of hard times, it’s difficult to even believe other people have it worst because you wonder how it could possibly be any worse.
I know. I’ve been there.
If you’re currently going through a dark period spiritually, mentally, physically, or financially you should still give thanks. It sounds harsh, but I wouldn’t say it just to say it.
It can actually help your inner turmoil because it can lead you to peace. In that state of peace you will have more clarity and better decision making ability to see what your next steps should be.
If you need help with perspective, this two minute video with Nic Vujicic is worth a watch.
The other thing I would say is Pray.
Notice in the scripture that sandwiched between the two recommendations to rejoice and give thanks is the instruction to “pray continuously”. Prayer is a powerful tool. Don’t just pray in the hard times, make it a habit to pray every day… continuously.
Questions for Reflection/Action Steps
- What are the top 2-3 negative things you are going to stop focusing on?
- What do you have to be thankful for? Start a list of everything you are grateful for. Write everything you can think of. Then review it and add to it daily.
- How can you help develop the habit of thankfulness in your business or team?
- Start today to make it a habit to pray everyday.
I know all good things come from above. Thank you God for the blessings I’ve had in my life and for the future blessings that are on the way. I want thank you specifically today for ____________ (fill in the blank).