Be thankful for what you have; don’t brood over your misfortunes. Perhaps some calamity has befallen you or perhaps you have lost a near and dear one. Maybe you have recently had some serious health issues or perhaps you are having financial problems. Yes, such circumstances are very difficult to bear and you feel that your world has crashed. But even then there is so much to be thankful for.
A man lost his shop and his entire life’s savings in a fire. When someone asked him what he had lost, he replied, “The fire burnt my shop and life’s savings but my confidence is intact.”
Rise from your gloom, shed the negativity that invariably accompanies a tragedy and count your blessings; you’ll realize that you have much to be grateful for. Thank the Lord for what you have. ~Latika Teotia
O Lord I thank Thee for this wonderful body which by itself is a miracle.
Thank you for this wonderful heart which beats day in and day out without rest with nary a complaint.
Thank you for this beautiful mind which makes me understand Thee and notice Thy hand in everything.
Thank you for these sturdy legs which take me from place to place enjoying Thy gifts.
Thank you for these strong hands which I can use to uplift others.
Thank you for these reliable shoulders on which others can lean and I can use for comforting them.
Thank you for these beautiful eyes which make it possible to see your miracles every day.
And above all, O Lord, thank you for this wonderful gift of life.
May I continue to follow the path shown by You and may I continue to serve Thee till my last breath. ~Latika Teotia
Even though we keep talking about counting our blessings, looking at brighter side of things, being positive and so on, do we really practice them when things fall apart at the seams? That is the time we crib and grumble the most. “Why me? Why this? Why that?” and so on are the questions uppermost in our minds. That is the time to remember God’s innumerable mercies and Blessings showered on us in the past. That is the time to practice what you have been saying so many times. Rekindle your faith and Hold on to Him. Remember that there are still things to be thankful for. ~Latika Teotia
Difficult times always make us realize the true value of good times. Only a hungry person can appreciate the taste of a loaf of bread- however hard and old that loaf may be. Only a homeless person can truly appreciate the value of a roof over the head- even if it’s in an old unpainted building. Only the blind can appreciate the true value of sight- even if it’s hazy. And so on. So problems and difficulties teach us to better appreciate the good times. They are very important or else our lives would be partial.
God is ALWAYS with us; never think, even in your wildest dreams, that He can ever forsake us. If you have been through only good times, you may have forgotten Him, because you were too busy celebrating and enjoying life. He was always there watching over you and keeping you out of harm’s way. It is only during your difficult times that you turn to Him. When things get out of hand you started cribbing and complaining that He has left you to the wolves. No, that’s not true; He was and is always there by your side. He’s now busy solving your problems and showing you a way out of the mess you are in. It is, perhaps, His way of showing the other side of life; of making you realize that things do go wrong and sunshine as well as rain should be taken in your stride. He sends rain to you to make you appreciate the warmth of sunny days. He puts you through difficult times to teach you the value of good times. It’s His way of teaching you to see the silver lining. You will not crib about the huge electricity bill, because you are earning enough to afford a good house with lights and heating gadgets to keep it warm. You will not feel irritated with the out of tune singer in the row behind you because it means that you can hear well. You will not feel miffed with your daughter for having dropped coffee on your clothes, because it means you have a family to come home to.
Appreciate what you have and thank the Lord for all that He has given you instead of crying for what you don’t have. ~Latika Teotia
I took a step back and realized that I could hold everything. I didn’t have to let anything go. The good made me thankful and the bad taught me valuable lessons. Each single thing had played a role. “Thank you God for this beautiful life. Feeling Blessed !!!” ~Latika Teotia
Don’t berate yourself and don’t underrate your life by comparing it with that of others. You have no idea what the other person is going through; the grass on the other side always appears to be greener. We have only one life, live it well and feel thankful for it. ~Latika Teotia