Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Do You Have A Gratitude Problem?


One of the first things I do every morning when my alarm goes off is pray. I usually start off my prayers by thanking God for all of the blessings He has given me. I thank Him for my children for my husband, for my animals, for the roof over my head and the food my family consumes.

That doesn’t mean I would not be grateful to have more.

Many people fall into the trap of believing that settling for less means they are not grateful for what they have.

Are you one of those people?

Jack Canfield had a blog a few months ago on gratitude. He posed the following scenarios:

1. Rather than taking action and asking for a raise… they say, “Well, I should be grateful I have a job.”

2. Rather than taking action and asking for what they want in a relationship… they say, “Well, I should be grateful that my partner is faithful.”

3. Rather than taking action and looking for a bigger house… they say, “Well, I should be grateful that I have a house when so many people don’t.”

No one should settle for less than what they desire out of life under the guise of “being grateful.” Everyone wants to achieve more, to be more and have more of the good things this life has to offer. It’s human nature and as long as you are not opposing the laws of nature or harming your fellow man, there is nothing wrong with that.

Goals are what keep us all moving forward in this life. They are our hope for the future.

We need to remember this one thing — Wanting more doesn’t mean that you’re ungrateful or greedy. It means that you acknowledge that you are the master of your destiny.

God gives us free will. He gives us the will to choose our path and make decisions. Yesterday, I blogged about being a risk taker. What I have found is that most people I meet are not risk takers. They are too afraid to try something new or stretch themselves outside of their comfort zone.

Again, as with a lot of obstacles on your road to success, it all boils down to one thing … fear.

Don’t try and make yourself feel better in your piety by saying, “I’m grateful for what I have and don’t want or need anything else.” That’s baloney. That’s fear talking. You’re using gratefulness as an excuse not to ask for and pursue what you really want.

Am I grateful for what I have? You bet. There are people who have much less than I do and “there but by the Grace of God go I.”

However, that does not mean I do not dream of having more. That does not mean that I would not like to have the money to travel with my family and see things most people only see in photos.

I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

We have to learn to move past our fears, past our excuses, even when they are disguised as being grateful for our current circumstances.

No matter what your goals may be, you can start today and make choices to achieve them. You can make those calls. You can take that course. You can start that business. You can decide to make your future better.

Your deepest desires and wishes may be God telling you to listen to your heart and reconnect with your life’s passion. Be grateful for that! Be grateful for the desire God has put in your heart and ask Him to help you achieve it.

To really live means living your purpose.

And we all have a purpose.

Show your gratitude by being everything God intends for you to be. And do it now!

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