What is the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning? Maybe it’s what am I going to wear today? What is today’s workout going to be? What should I make for breakfast? Or how many more times can I hit the snooze button and still make it to work on time? Once you get past the grogginess and get started with your day, do you think about how many more minutes until lunch? How am I going to get all of this work done? When can I sit down and relax?
The more you think about your daily activities and commitments, the easier it is to get overwhelmed by the workload. Even if you are working for your boss or taking care of your family, you can still sometimes fall into a self-focused mindset. When you begin to dwell on how overworked or stressed out you are, commitments become chores and plans become burdens. But, if you adopt an attitude of gratitude, that can all change.
Instead of worrying about all you have to do, wake up with an attitude that sees commitments as blessings. You can thank the Lord that you have a job to get up for and a body that is able to exercise. How often do we take those things for granted, when they are truly blessings from God that he chose to give to you! During the day, even when you’re feeling overwhelmed, thank Him for all of the people in your life that you’ve made plans with. Thank Him for your family and for giving you the responsibility of providing and caring for them. Thank Him for the work He has done in your life through your relationship with Christ.
One of our favorite verses to meditate on is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing, and in all things give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” When you remember that it is God’s will for us to be thankful and rejoicing in all circumstances, it is easier to find something to rejoice about, no matter the situation.
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