What happens when life is not so good? Whether it is related to the tough economic times or personal stress, at times if is tough to point out those good things in our lives. It is important to make an attempt to find those things which are good or praiseworthy. Showing gratitude for the little things that we take for granted can serve as a simple remedy for the blues. Gratitude replaces negative thoughts with positive thoughts, therefore allowing us to mediate on those good things in our lives. There is something about the show Good Times that is inspires me to be grateful. It is not because I see their lives as more challenging than mine, therefore I feel better about whatever challenges are present in my life. It is because though the Evans family is a fictional account of an urban black family, there are similar circumstances that they encounter which we can all relate to such as the loss of a job or an unfulfilled career, tight finances and daily prejudices that make it difficult to go to the next level. Perhaps we can relate to their desire to raise their children with standards and morals among people that lack gravely in those areas. Each of us encounters a number of challenges that sometimes make life not so good. However, it is up to us to find the humor and the blessings in the little things. Thinking good thoughts and relying on our families to keep us grounded is important. It is also important to remain grateful for the good that they bring to our lives. Good family + Good love = Good Times.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)