img_5767My mind is wired to spot what’s missing. I have this tendency to focus on what I don’t have instead of being thankful for all that I have. And I’m sure there are many others like me. We struggle with discontentment. For example:

  • You walk into a beautiful wedding ceremony, and moments later, you notice that there are not enough flowers on the aisles.
  • You have your own nice room at work, but you constantly complain that the office does not buy coffee beans from Ethiopia or Costa Rica.
  • You hop into an Uber car and express your disgust over what’s happening in the Philippines: we don’t have enough foreign tourists, we don’t have wide roads, we don’t have faster internet, we don’t have enough job opportunities, etc.

I could go on and on. As I’ve said, I could always and easily spot what’s missing. That is why I always do a heart-check every day. There is enough Scripture to help me do that:

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ  (Ephesians 5:20).

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

A gratitude attitude helps cure us of the discontentment disease. It keeps us from complaining and becoming covetous. Today, rather than dwelling on what we don’t have, let’s follow the advice of Johnson Oatman Jr., who wrote the timeless lyrics of this classic hymn:

Count your blessings, name them one by one
Count your blessings, see what God has done
Count your blessings, name them one by one
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done


One thought on “We easily notice what we don’t have

  1. Recently I have had to stop and be grateful for the things I do have, and not what I don´t have, as I found myself complaining all the time. Being grateful helps and gives me a different outlook, and I feel better too!

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