Jerry Wiles on Gratitude

God’s invisible qualities can be seen in His creation (Rom. 1:20)

Growing up in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains we experienced four distinct seasons.  The Spring and Fall seasons are spectacular and were my favorite times of the year.  Reflecting on those days reminds me of how we can get so use to some things that we often take them for granted.  In the sub-tropical region of Southeast Texas people often joke about only having two seasons a year, Summer and January.  However, every few years it snows a little, and occasionally you might see some Fall like colors in the trees.

Living Conditions vs Heart Condition

Not experiencing the seasonal changes, and especially missing the beautiful Fall foliage, gives one a greater appreciation and gratitude for spending time in the hills and mountains.  Sometimes we may think that if we could just live in a beautiful place, have a nice home and plenty of money we’d be happier.  However, our living conditions do not have as much to do with our joy and happiness as the condition of our hearts and attitudes.

True Joy and Contentment

Those of us who have had the opportunity to travel in many parts of the world, can recognize that living conditions do not have as much to do with true joy, contentment and gratitude as other factors.  It is true that some of most unhappy, angry and bitter people in the world today have more than enough of everything.  On the other hand, there are those who do not have enough of anything, yet complain less, are more content and happier.  In reality, it is a matter of attitude and the condition of ones’ heart that makes the difference.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service