One of my favorite talks on this topic is by Dieter F. Uchtdorf called Grateful in Any Circumstances. He breaks down how to not only count our many blessings, but to be grateful IN our circumstance.
“When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief, we can still lift up our hearts in praise. In pain, we can glory in Christ’s Atonement. In the cold of bitter sorrow, we can experience the closeness and warmth of heaven’s embrace.
We sometimes think that being grateful is what we do after our problems are solved, but how terribly shortsighted that is. How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?
Being grateful in times of distress does not mean that we are pleased with our circumstances. It does mean that through the eyes of faith we look beyond our present-day challenges.
This is not a gratitude of the lips but of the soul. It is a gratitude that heals the heart and expands the mind.”
It’s about learning to be grateful even during the hard times. God gives us the commandment to express gratitude toward him in everything so that we might find peace and happiness. We learn to accept the trials and have faith that God’s plan is flawless and he knows what’s best for our ultimate eternal happiness.
We all know the negative feelings that come when things don’t go our way, when people hurt us. When life just seems to be unbearable. What we don’t realize is that our lack of gratitude is what keeps us heading down the dark path of despair. If we’re not mindful of our thoughts and allow the negativity to take over, it gets even harder to come out of it. It takes daily effort and contant prayer for us to focus on the good and create that abundance mentality. We’ve all heard the term, life is what we make it. We must not get lazy with our thoughts. Adapting an attitude of gratitude is the only way to true peace and happiness.
This even applies to marriage. Expressing gratitude more than expressing discontent or frustration is one way to maintain a happier marriage. We want to focus on all the good our spouse does, not the times he leaves his shoes and hats all over the house. I’m speaking to myself here.
So this month I’m going to really focus on creating an atmoshphere of gratitude in our home. I want to portray these important life lessons to my children through discussions and activities, starting with a gratitute tree. Each night at dinner we will try to talk about all the things that we’re grateful for that day. This will be a whole new blog post, so stay tuned for more pics on how we’re doing this.
Check out my YouTube video about how my faith was tested and I learned to trust in God’s plan for me (I shared this originally on Periscope, but uploaded it to YouTube, so it’s very casual, but very real and uncut). Be sure to subscribe to my channel for upadates on new videos I create.