Last week, I got a text from a friend who told me it was gratitude day. She asked me to reply to her with 3 things of which I am grateful. I sent my reply. In my message, I included my thoughts about what a great question this was as well as my thanks that she asked. She then told me she sends this to a group of her friends often and enjoys reading their responses. No doubt, when my friend reads these messages about her friends’ gratitude, it helps her focus on her blessings as well.
The definition for gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. If we as people think about it, finding something we are thankful for daily would be easy. What exactly we are grateful for would depend where we are in life. Some of us may be grateful for faith, family, friends and for things we are given. Some of us may have been on a road to destruction and have turned ourselves around on to a road to recovery, giving us days of gratitude in between struggles. Mainly sobriety! Some of us might have unhealthy gratitude such as a new fix, another bottle of alcohol, a new porn site or a new store to shop. Unhealthy gratitude will lead us to a life of destruction and before long, misery. The definition for misery is a state or feeling of great distress or discomfort of mind or body. The question I pose to you today is this: If you find yourself today with an unhealthy gratitude, is this where you really want to be? My guess is no, its not. I know somewhere inside, you are longing for ways to shed the misery and discomfort for something more fulfilling. The road of misery is long, lonely and leads nowhere. You are finding joy in your substance now, but even getting to a place of fulfillment with its use is getting harder and harder to achieve each day. Is there an end to it all? Will there ever be a day you can stop? You might think this is impossible. You are tired physically, emotionally and mentally. If you have not figured this out yet, you will soon find out there are no winners in this.
I posted a blog about mustard seeds sometime ago. My daughter showed me a mustard seed yesterday as ingredients were put together for a recipe. She held it up to me and said, “the faith of a mustard seed, look how small this seed really is.” If you get a chance to look at a mustard seed and see how small it actually is, I think it will amaze you what little faith is needed to pull you out of your misery. A fulfillment that will last longer than a minute, an hour or a day. I am talking lifelong fulfillment, joy and peace. We want to walk with you and show you that even faith the size of a mustard seed can do in your life. There is an end to this road you are on. Days of a healthy gratitude are not far away. Please call us and we can start this journey together.