Have you ever noticed how much we take for granted? Many of us don't give much thought to things like having a roof over our heads, having a loving family, having three meals a day, having friends, feeling loved, and the list goes on and on. But have you ever thought about what life would be like if we didn't take all that for granted? I mean seriously. Think about it. What if you stopped and actually thought about how lucky you are to be in the position where you have a caring family and all of that great stuff?
I grew up in a home where everyone teased everyone all the time. It was great. There were very few moments that I can remember not smiling and laughing along with my mom, dad, and brother. I always knew I was loved and never doubted it for a moment. I took it for granted, every last bit of it: having a mom who cared enough to teach me how to cook or having a dad who cared enough to call me princess or having a brother to get into disagreements with. I'm not saying this to brag to the people who don't or didn't grow up in a home like mine, but I'm saying it because I'm thinking deeply about taking things for granted and when I think deeply, my brain doesn't stop going. (Therefore, I'm sorry if this post is all over the place.)
I was reading today and the book has a single statement in it that triggered all this thinking. It said and I quote, "Make a decision today to never again take anything for granted." But is that even possible? People take things for granted all of the time like it is programmed into our brains, but it's not. God did not make us that way. Why would He make His most valuable possessions encrypted with a mindset that would make them downgrade or not fully appreciate all of His beauty and glory? Why would He make us if He wanted us to not see all of His creation with appreciation? It just doesn't add up. It's like art. Most the time people don't make a piece of art if they don't want others to like it or if they don't want to find appreciation in it themselves. So where would God's appreciation come from if He had purposefully given up the mindset that He isn't much better that He is made out to be? So I don't think that were are meant to under-appreciate God or His creations.
So my next question is why. Why do we take it all for granted? One of the only things that come to mind right now is this: We don't always realize how blessed we are to have IT. "IT" standing for anything and everything that we don't always realize is a blessing. (So, "IT" pretty much stands for everything) And as my mind keeps trying to wrap around this idea of not noticing how much God has blessed us with the obvious things, I am beginning to wonder why we don't take those bland goggles off? Why do we continue to live in a world centered only around ourselves? Why don't we take the bland goggles off and take a look around at everyone else because I don't know if it is just me, but I am truely confused about why we take everything we have for granted? I don't get it, but I don't have much room to talk because I am included in the group who is under appreciative.
But really, if we started being grateful for the things we take for granted on a regular basis, we'd probably confuse a lot of people with our attitude changes, but we'd probably also find that we would be way more thankful, caring, and loving. We'd probably become better people. We'd probably have a change in perspective. We'd see the world differently. We might even find that it becomes harder to be angry or to hold grudges. Wouldn't that be cool? A would with happy people on a regular basis... A world with people who have a whole new outlook on everything...
Sounds great to me.
For one day, try to be grateful for everything. The food on your plate, the family in your house, the pets running around, those crazy people who try your patients, the phone in your pocket that you could use to call your loved ones at any moment, the job you have, the school you are going to or used to go to, your education, everything.
I know it will be hard, but I'll work at this too.
EVEN BIGGER CHALLENGE:
Try your darnest to be grateful for everything for a week. You might find that you become a more thankful person.
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I am Bridges or at least on here I am. Basically, I am a teen. I have many hopes and dreams, many fears and insecurities that I let hold me back. There is so much that goes on in my life. Sometimes it is a struggle, and that what this site is about.
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