Sometimes, we may not be able to see it, but everyone has something to be thankful for. Maybe you’ve recently lost a good job, lost a loved-one or received bad news from the IRS. Whatever your hardship is in life, there will always be someone who has lost more, been through more, and has more pain and suffering than you can imagine. So, how does the problems of others make your problems any less painful or difficult to deal with? They don’t.
Knowing that someone is living in a cardboard box and the temperature is 30 degrees Fahrenheit and they have only a rag to cover up with should help you be thankful for a house, heat and basic comforts. If it doesn’t, finding something to be thankful for is not your problem.
There are people living without arms or legs and sometimes, without all four limbs. They get up every day and make the most of it. Even if your problems feel overwhelming and there appears to be no way out of trouble, take a deep breath, let it out slowly and repeat until the fear subsides. In a calm state of mind, count the things you have to be thankful for. Doing this will help you realize that you don’t have to face your problems all by yourself. Your life is full of possibilities.
If you still feel all alone and that there are no answers to your situation, talk to someone who can see possibilities that you are not able to see. Talk to a minister – doesn’t have to be your own – talk to a grandparent, they have lived it all and know things you don’t know; talk to social services, call a help line in your phone directory or Google your problem and look at all the ways it can be handled.
As long as you have life, you have an opportunity to solve any problem. If you know Jesus, you know you have a solution. If you don’t know Jesus, get to know Him. He is the only one who promised peace to those who accept Him. No one else ever promised this. It is a wonderful feeling. I recommend it highly.