“Happiness is not getting what we want, but being grateful for what we have.”
This quote from a random British TV show we were watching one evening really stuck with me. We always seem to want more, without being grateful for what we already have. Millions have been spent in research to find out what the “perfect” monthly wage is that would make everyone happy. The answer across the board:
So, happiness is elusive. But gratitude is not.
In fact, gratitude is God’s will! Are you fasting, praying, desperately searching to know God’s will for you life? How about this:
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thess. 5:16-18
O My Lord
You, fairest, greatest, first of all object,
My heart admires, adores, loves you,
For my little vessel is as full as it can be,
And I would pour out all that fullness before you in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon and converse with you
Ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
Ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
Ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart.
Crowding into every moment of happiness.
I bless You for the soul you have created,
for adorning it, sanctifying it,
though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body you have given me,
for preserving its strength and vigour,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;
for your royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup
for appetite, taste, sweetness
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men
for opportunities of spreading happiness around
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing you clearly.
I love you above the powers of language to express, for what you are to your creatures.
Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.