In other words we need a check-up from the neck up on a regular basis. If we find that we are becoming overwhelmed by life and all the circumstances that seem to conspire against us, then we need to look upon Him. So what helps us focus on Him, upon the unseen, glorious eternal realm? Thanksgiving and an attitude of gratitude are the keys. Some times thanksgiving flows out of a heart full of gratitude for the amazing grace and blessings that have been so richly poured out upon us. Other times words of thanksgiving are spoken out of obedience rather than a feeling. Hebrews 13:15 says: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name.” A sacrifice is to give up something valuable to someone considered to be of greater value. Our time and effort often seem to be of great value when it comes to praising God. We just don’t feel like it. But when we make the effort, our lips carry forth praise that subsequently warms our heart. Our perspective changes!
To truly maintain God’s perspective we need to maintain an attitude of gratitude expressed through thanksgiving. If we do this, we develop an overcomer’s perspective of life. Paul encouraged the Thessalonian believers in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 to: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” You don’t give praise for all the circumstances you find yourself in but despite the circumstances. An attitude of gratitude propels you above the situation and lifts your spirit to meet His.
A sugar bag I picked up in South Africa said: “Happiness is not found in what you don’t have, but loving what you do have.” How often do we miss the moment because we are wallowing in circumstantial despair rather than rejoicing in our Lord?