Be Grateful, Give Thanks, Rejoice!
by Florence Roberts
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No one could mention those words to me some years ago when everything seemed to be going wrong.It seemed as if I was trapped in a business I did not particularly enjoy, I was not earning income for myself, everything I started in the effort to make extra income seemed to fail. All my personal ambitions seemed to have come to a stop. My law school colleagues were making good incomes, some would stop by at my shop to tell me how well they were doing. There was tension at home because of the many finacial pressures. And my constant dwelling on the problems, magnified this grim picture to the point where I could not see anything to be grateful for.
I woke up every day preoccupied with money problems anticipating what other bills the mail man would bring that day. The result of such thinking was self doubt,discouragement,humiliation,and a feeling of sinking lower and lower. I spent some time reading my Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with key to the Scriptures", by Mary Baker Eddy. I was not doing very well with my books either because I was so focused on the negative things that I found myself thinking of everything else except what I needed to concentrate on from my books. I noticed I found some comfort when I spoke to my Christian Science Spiritual healer. She always had such clear thought which made me feel I had nothing to worry about. She made me feel that I needed to wake up from this dream of illusive negatives, to clear the mist in order to see the glorious reality that awaited me. She would always tell me to rejoice. I did not understand that.
I simply missed the point that that little bit of gratitude for all the good that is mine because I am a child of God, would be the tiny light that represents His Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience. In effect it would be like the tiny candle light that shines its brightest in the darkest corners of my gloomy thoughts. I needed this light since God's guidance, protecting love, government were all obscure to me.
It must have been my yearning heart to know the truth and a yielding to be guided that woke me up one day. I started listing all the things I could be grateful for. I was well, all my family members were well, we lived in a safe and beautiful neighborhood. I could go for walks and admire the many trees and flowers around. I could be grateful I could eat, walk, smile, think, see, hear and sing.
So why did I not even want to hear the words "grateful, give tanks , rejoice!" It's because in that deep seated miserable thinking I could not see, feel or believe the Truth about a loving Father-Mother God whose love is constantly present.I was being blinded by the very thoughts I needed to get rid of.
I hope that if anyone reading this is going through a difficult time, they would take the advice of insisting on God's power and love. The reason for this constant gratitude regardless of what experiences we seem to be in, is because it means we ackowledge the truth of a perfect God having created perfect man and a perfect universe. Whether we are seeing it at the moment or not does not change the fact that perfection is our standard. So when you start being grateful for God's perfect work, which includes you, your thinking starts in the right direction where you can see the good around you. Be sincerely grateful for everything because thus you light the very tiny flame you need to guide you out of the darkness. No one can think for you, you can decide to start thinking right, trust that God is all and He is here! God Bless.
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