We often say, “be thankful, even for the little things,” but I’ve discovered that the little things are actually big things. The Word tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus” (GNT). In the King James version, it states that it is God’s will for us to be thankful. Gratefulness keep us mindful of what He is already done for us while, at the same time, keeps our heart out of feeling entitled.
So in my prayer time, I was thinking about “the little things” and what they point to, and my heart was filled with joy! God has done more than enough! Think about it! The feeling of a full belly means that you were fed, that God gave you the means to buy your meal or the ability to prepare it. The smell of sheets coming out of the dryer says that you have a bed to put the sheets on to sleep comfortably every night, that you are covered with shelter in all seasons. The pressures that come with being a spouse, a parent or a leader of any kind says that you have been trusted to lead someone, to serve someone, to be an example, that you are looked up to in some way. Your keys mean that you have access to something. Having loads of work to do means you have a job.
We can go on and on if we focus on what the Lord has already done for us. I believe that if we deliberately decide to be grateful every day it will lift our hearts and help us to think soberly. It’s hard to make decisions that glorify God when we feel entitled and frustrated. So consider that the little things you have are actually big things.