I don’t know about you, but I have spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself over the years. Instead of being grateful for the things I did have, I wasted a lot of time wishing something awesome would fall into my lap. It did not happen that way.
How awesome did happen was I started being grateful. God opened my world up. I started being grateful and telling Him thank you for guiding me, teaching me, and blessing me with the self control I needed to get through each day. I also thanked Him for every other little thing and big thing He blessed me with.
It was me.
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire,” (Hebrews 12:28-29).
Weight loss is about changing the condition of your heart first. It is about moving toward the Lord in a way that is consuming. It is about being godly and pursuing moral excellence. It is not just about counting points or the four food groups. While those things are great, Jesus is awesome. You will move mountains with Him. I don’t know about you, but I need to move mountains.
Make a list either on paper or in your mind. For me, paper is always better. I need to see it written down. Write out what you are grateful for today. Just today. And, then thank Him. Send it all up to Him in prayer. If you are grateful that you only had one breakfast this morning, if you are grateful you did not buy donuts for the way home from the grocery store, if you are happy that your children were cheerful when they left for school this morning, write it down and thank Him. You will notice something awesome.
You will change.
You will be awesome.
The old will slip away unnoticed.
Peace will flood your life riding on the back of gratitude.