Last week my son and I stopped at Target to pick up some laundry soap and a charger cord. As we strolled the aisles from one department to the next, we passed a bright yellow sign featuring Lego characters with the invitation: “Press to make everything awesome!” Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there were such a button to make life easier? Of course, there is no magic button, but I have observed people who seem to be happy no matter what the circumstance. What is the secret to their apparent joy even in the face of adversity?
I believe the answer is found in the wisdom of Jenkins Lloyd Jones:
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed.
“Most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise.
“Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.
“The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”¹
Acknowledging God, thanking Him, and recognizing He is the source of every good thing will bless our lives. When we develop an attitude of gratitude we can change. Instead of being grateful for things, we can shift our thoughts to be thankful in our circumstances, whatever they may be. Remembering the source of every blessing will help us feel God’s presence through our hardships and give us strength to endure.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “Recognizing the Lord and showing gratitude for this amazing earth that we have been placed upon can change our hearts. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude will transform us.”
“Everyone’s situation is different, and the details of each life are unique. Nevertheless, I have learned that there is something that would take away the bitterness that may come into our lives. There is one thing we can do to make life sweeter, more joyful, even glorious. We can be grateful!”²
Gratitude is a divine gift that can fill our hearts with hope, peace, contentment, acceptance, comfort, and love. The simple act of being grateful in our hearts is transformative. We can make the choice each day to be thankful, and in return God’s healing love will “make everything awesome!”
¹Deseret News, 12 June 1973.
² Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Grateful in Any Circumstances
Artwork, Jesus Institutes the Sacrament, by Gary E. Smith
*post originally published March 2019