There has been so much to complain about this year, so much to worry about, so many disappointments and transitions and changes. It’s easy to dwell on those things. It’s easy to dwell on the cancellations, the grief, the uncertainty.

So I was glad to see this come across one of my social media feeds:

Because that really is the point, isn’t it? Appreciating what we have is a better way to live. It’s rooted in gratitude and a recognition that this world doesn’t really owe us anything. It’s rooted in the belief that all we have is a gift from God. It’s rooted in the idea that want and need are two very different things, and we can live without everything we want.

So today I encourage you to take some time to appreciate all you have. If you do, then one of the good things to come out of this year will be that you begin to appreciate all that God has given you.

Until tomorrow, dear friends, know that God give good gifts to his children!