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Lower the bar and take stock

By Oke Chinye

Read: Philippians 4:10-13

Meditation verse: 

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

One of the main reasons why we fail to practice gratitude is that we set the bar of gratitude too high. We selectively focus on the big things that we have presented to God and are yet to receive answers for. If those requests remain unanswered, we complain and fail to give God thanks. 

When you lower the bar of your gratitude, you will notice the small things which are big things in themselves.

  • Having a good night sleep and waking up healthy
  • The ability to breath freely without an oxygen mask
  • A loving family around you
  • The ability to move your arms and limbs
  • A sound mind with which we can make decisions

Whilst we may view these everyday blessings from God as little things, they are big deals to some people. You just need to visit a hospital ward or morgue.

Yes, you may not have a million bucks in your account, or that business is not doing as well as you thought, or you do not have a spouse or children and many of the things you have been asking God for. But wait a minute, you also do not have cancer, high blood pressure or diabetes. You are not paralyzed, bedridden or lying in the morgue. You also have not lost your mind. That’s a whole lot to be grateful for. The apostle Paul said “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” (Philippians 4:11-12). What he was saying was that he has lowered the bar of his gratitude that even in his lowest, he can still be grateful to God. 

As we move closer to the end of the year, lower the bar of your gratitude and express genuine thanks to God in all things.


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Pst (Mrs) Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).

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