It’s no good to share secrets. But sometimes, it’s fun to create them. My 5-year-old granddaughter and I have a secret.
In the midst of playing or eating a meal, and without any prompting, I turn to her and say, “Honey, give me a G.”
She knows that secret code. She stops what she’s doing, and she thinks, trying to find something she’s grateful for (the ‘G’ stands for grateful).
Her young mind swirls around to find something good. Something pleasant. Something fun or even mundane but worth appreciating.
Who knows, but learning this at five years of age, the secret of gratitude to erase gloom will keep her out of the poor me club.
How about you? Maybe this is a not-so-good day for you today. And that’s why God is trying to get your attention and asking you to give Him a ‘G’. That’s the real secret—in the midst of the garbage of life, look, really look for the gem of gratitude.
When I first lost my sight, I found hope when I dug up that gem in the pile of discouragement. That has been my secret from then on. Always looking for that something for which to say Thank you, God. Always searching for that worthwhile thing that sparked gratitude. Always digging deep for that something to appreciate and value.
And when everything falls apart. When life couldn’t get any darker. When issues become too huge to solve, gratitude shines when our soul repeats: “Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2z0.
Father, confessing the sadness that clouded my days, finding something to be grateful for had been elusive and futile. But knowing my help comes from you, my hope is in you, and my healing and answers are in Your hands, gratitude will always swirl in my heart. In Jesus’ name, amen
• How is life looking for you lately?
• How will you change your focus?
• How do you erase gloom?
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