I have come up with at least one way to combat difficult times that we all experience in life. Gratitude. I know that it seems difficult at times and that many people have created legitimate slogans for Christianity based off this principle but I find it to be true: thankfulness and gratitude combat negativity. Many people are moved to compare more difficult situations to their own and boast, ” Well at least it’s not this bad”, but I rather reserve the focus for my own life. Having been on the other side of such a comment (others using my situation to make themselves feel better) I don’t find it as useful as some. Saying thank you however in a spirit of true gratefulness seems to be a useful strategy in combating stress. I am so grateful. I have a wonderful sense of freedom and happiness. I have a new job, a new place, and I am loved. All of these things are provided through God’s grace and I am in a word: Grateful. I am full of a gratitude that can only be given to God because of his unmerited love and faithfulness. I am grateful and trust Him for His provisions and grace. It reminds me of a poem by Maya Angelou that I memorized growing up. In fact, I memorized many of the poems in her collection though I am certainly not a poet. Part of it read:
Thank you Lord for life and ALL that’s in it. Thank you for the day, and for the hour and for the minute. I know many are gone and I’m still living on and I want to thank you.