Our Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of it sorrows, but empties today of its strengths – Charles H. Spurgeon
Anxiety will makes your thoughts race. An anxious brain is an active brain. Anxious racing thoughts can make you feel that there’s only space for anxiety and certainly no room for gratitude. Anxiety doesn’t mean that someone is cold, uncaring, or ungrateful. Many times the opposite is true. People living with anxiety do have gratitude in their heart, but it feels like there’s no room for gratitude in racing thoughts. What is amazing though is gratitude will make room for itself in an anxious heart.
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 MSG
Anxiety empties us causing us to focus on what we don’t have. When all you see is what you don’t have, trying to see what you do have is not easy. At night, I’d try to think of things I was grateful for that day and couldn’t come up with much. But, I was looking for big things. Start with a focus on the little things, don’t get lost comparing. Gratitude fills you with hope and over time looking for the little things you will notice more. You will see more things that you have taken for granted, family, friends and the activities that you enjoy.
Eventually, as walk down the path toward gratitude you will be able to look back and be grateful for what God has brought you through. Gratitude will also give you hope for the future. It will develop hope and remove comparisons. Gratitude awakens you to happiness that can only be found in Christ.
In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich – Dietrich Bonhoeffer