Years ago when I would drive my son to school, we would listen to secular music. It was such a contrast to the Christian music that I listened to most of the day. Many times, the music was disturbing, as it is was with many parents. One day, I heard a rapper saying or singing, not sure which,
“Be thankful for what you do got!”
I thought: well that preaches. That’s a good point.
So I told my son, I don’t really like the music, but I do like the lyrics or at least that “one line”.
I think that sums up how to be happier. We can look at others and see what we don’t have. The comparison is another way for the enemy to say
You don’t measure up. Your marriage is not good. Your finances are lacking. You’re not good looking or thin enough. The list goes on and on….
If we keep an attitude of praise and thank God for what we have and what he has done, it allows us to be happier in life. We are increased!
Phillipians 4:6-9 – 6 Give thanks to God as you ask Him for what you need. 7 The peace of God is much greater than the human mind can understand. This peace will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Christian brothers, keep your minds thinking about whatever is true, whatever is respected, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever can be loved, and whatever is well thought of. If there is anything good and worth giving thanks for, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing all the things you learned and received and heard from me. Do the things you saw me do. Then the God Who gives peace will be with you.
When we are grateful and think upon positive life giving things, God fills us with His peace.
Father, Help me to keep my eyes on you and your blessings for me.
I thank you for____________________________________________________________.
I thank you for your peace.
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