What are you grateful for? I know you’ve been asked that many times. I’ve asked you many times.

As I asked myself this question I realized just how fluid that question is. Our answers will change as our circumstances change.

But when we’re asked that question, most of us go to our standard list of how we’re so thankful for our friends and families. Our pets. The clothes we have. The food we eat. The home we live in.

Oh God is so good, isn’t He?

But how often are we grateful for and thank God for the not so good stuff?

When was the last time you felt thankful for the job you hate? You know, that one that allows you to have the home and food?

Or how about the person you can’t seem to get along with? The one who can make you appreciate the good people in your life a little bit more?

It’s all a matter of perspective. We need to be grateful for everything in our lives…the good and the bad.

And when things are not going well try to see how it’s doing you good. At the very least let it make you stronger. Maybe you need to have the hard time to prepare you for your next step.

You can’t grow if everything is easy. Kind of like that old saying, “No pain, no gain”.

I’m always talking about looking for the silver lining. Maybe it’s time to try seeing them in even the darkest of clouds because they are there. You just might have to look a little harder.

As always, be kind and love one another friends. Be the good in this world.