“The hardest arithmetic is counting off your blessings.” (One of the quotes I’ve read.)
Usually, a day is spent for a series of routinary, mundane activities such as eating breakfast, going to the office or work, eating dinner, watching television or favorite movies on DVDs, and lastly, sleeping. In spending about 16 hours or more a day to these activities, many people overlook the blessings they have received.
Some scientific researches state that a person having a grateful heart also shows healthy heart. What does this mean then? In an experiment, someone who showed gratitude was reported to be showing higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy, than those who are not. In addition, the gratitude group experience less depression and stress, and was more likely to help others, exercise more regularly and made more progress toward personal goals. People who feel grateful are also more likely to feel loved, it was also discovered. Two scientists, Dr. Michael McCollough, of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Dr. Robert Emmons, of the University of California at Davis underscored in their study about the relationship of gratitude to a person’s well-being enthused that this trait encourage a positive cycle of reciprocal kindness among people since one act of gratitude encourages another. (http://www.acfnewsource.org/religion/gratitude_theory.html)
Science is not alone in saying that gratefulness is good for one’s well-being. It is Biblical. It was on February 9, 2008, a regular Thanksgiving gathering of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) when Bro. Eli Soriano showed the sharp-lined truth regarding a person’s nature to be thankful.
The key to being thankful is on the core of contentment. A person who learns to appreciate the smallest things he has in life saves up time instead of parking himself thinking how to have a better life. Contentment can shoo away a person’s earthly desires, whereas such desires could plant greed, uncleanness, and evil acts. A satisfied person has the courage to face each day and feel indebted even for less. With or without much food, wealth and other possessions, they surpass the day with a cheerful heart.
Brother Eli even asked the crowd to notice a person who is hard to please, a person who has no joy in things given to him or done to him which is not of great value, or monetary value. Such person ignores the beauty of gratitude. Compared to a person whose heart is filled with joy out of contentment, tends to repay debt of gratitude to someone he owes to and maintains a peaceful and God-held life. This is supported by Romans 14:17-18 that states “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost; For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.” Brother Eli even said that there are people on earth who understood that such less they have along with the hardships have its corresponding reason for goodness sake, like what is indicated again in Romans 5:3-5, saying, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” It is also written in Romans 8:28 that “… all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
There was an old woman in the midst of the busy streets of Manila chatting with her friend saying, “Lucky if I will earn two hundred pesos today. If not, I’m still thankful for the reason that my husband could provide our other needs out of his earnings on selling taho (curdled soya milk).” She seems to be cheerful for the simple lifestyle they have. Contrary to that, other people tend to be busy submitting themselves in search for greater things this world can offer. It was stated in the Bible that many people nowadays are inclined to worldly desires. Pleasures in life terrorize their capability to be appreciative. This fact is written in Ecclesiastes 8:15 which says, “Then commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.”
Bro Eli showed that God does not base upon tangible things but examines the heart and never looks into each one’s face value, like what is written in Jeremiah 17:9-10: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?;I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Humility, contentment, simplicity, and faith could lead to a healthy and heavenly life on earth. They are easy to achieve, if only man knows how to be thankful of what he has.