We’ve spent the last few days talking about the regrets that haunt people in their last days.
The third great regret of the dying: I wish I had appreciated things more.
Philippians 4:4-6 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thes 5:18 says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
One of the greatest sources of joy and peace in this life is an attitude of gratitude.
Conversely, the fastest way to rob yourself of joy is to focus on your lack rather than your abundance.
People at the end of their life look back and it all becomes clear.
They should have been filled with joy to have a precious little one asking to play. Instead, it was a bother and a distraction from what was really important.
They should have been so pleased with that little house that was filled with love. Instead, they needed a bigger one, and in its pursuit killed the love that was there.
They should have been so grateful to be financially unburdened. Instead, they envied their neighbor and in response built a prison of debts.
Maybe more than any of that was all the little things that should have brought joy and thankfulness but simply went unnoticed.
It’s said that you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone.
Sunshine on your face.
Great music on your stereo.
The invigoration that comes from a new idea.
A car that drives.
There’s so much to be thankful for.
Take out a piece of paper and just write things you have to be grateful for. Don’t think. Don’t filter. Just write as fast as you can.
When you can’t think of a single additional reason to give thanks put your pen down and read them.
Read them every day.
Your life will be infinitely richer for it.