Be Grateful: The Antidote to Stress and Disappointment

The answer to almost all of the anxiety, stress and disappointment in life is to have an attitude of gratitude.

We are good at being grateful when great things are happening in our life.  When athletes win a big game, they proclaim their gratefulness to God.   When an actor wins an award, they often proclaim their gratefulness to God.  When we get a new job, receive that raise at work, or win $100 playing the slot machine, we often proclaim are gratefulness to God.  But what about when times are rough?  What about when we lose the big game, don’t win the award, lose our job, lose our home, lose a loved one? Where is our gratefulness then?

Whatever is going on in your life, no matter how low the rock bottom is that you have hit, there are plenty of things to be grateful for.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says:

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.

Wherever you are in life, God is with you and you should proclaim your gratefulness.  You can’t control all the things that happen to you in life, but you can control the attitude you have and the way in which you respond.  When we decide to have an attitude of God, we empower ourselves.

Gratitude brings peace.

What are you grateful for?  When you find yourself at your most stressed, when you feel as if things can’t get any worse, pause and ask yourself, what are you grateful for?

Be grateful.

 

– KP Kelly

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