Have you ever been stuck inside on a rainy day feeling sorry for yourself and like the world is out to get you? Of course you have! You work hard during the week and you want nothing more than a beautiful, sunny day to enjoy with your friends and family.
It’s human nature to be bummed out about plans that went awry or for catching a cold when it’s most inconvenient. But if we allow our circumstances to make us happy then we are tying our happiness to something way too inconsistent.
We have to instead tie our happiness to God because He is always consistent. The Bible assures us He never changes! Not yesterday, today, or tomorrow! So practically speaking, how exactly do we do that?
Look for the Blessing Behind Every Curse
Sure it’s raining outside when you’d rather it be sunny. But you know what? That means you get to spend valuable time indoors with your family. It means your lawn will be all the greener. It even gives you a chance to slow down and curl up with a good book you’ve been meaning to read.
Rather than cursing the rain, we can thank God for the blessings He has tucked away for us in every circumstance.
Shift Your mindset from Disappointment to Gratitude
One of the best practices you can do to shift your mindset from disappointment to gratitude is to make a gratitude journal. Each morning when you wake up, challenge yourself to write down 10 things you are grateful for.
Eventually this mindset will become a habit and you will be able to see the world through gracious eyes.
Distance Yourself from Negative People
Some people are bent on being negative and bummed no matter what. You need to remember you cannot control their mindset, but you can control yours.
Being around negativity will breed more negativity, but by surrounding yourself with joyful, gracious people, you can’t help but let a little positivity rub off on you!
So to help you get to a place of gratitude and joy today, let’s take some time to apply these steps. I promise you won’t regret it! Here are three questions to help you gauge your mindset:
- What are you disappointed by today?
- What hidden blessings has God tucked away in these disappointments that you could focus on today?
- Are there any negative or toxic people in your life that you need to create distance from?