Two: Gratitude lowers anxiety.
When we think too much about the future we worry. The “what ifs” kick in and we can begin to become anxious. We can focus on what we think we will need in the future and miss the blessings that we have today.
What if we could just be thankful for today?
Do we have something to eat today? Thank God.
Do we have on some clothes? Thank God.
Are we breathing today? Thank God.
God tells us his name is I Am – present tense. He is the God of now. Our gratitude for what we have today reminds us that God has provided for us and lowers our anxiety about the future.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Can we be thankful just for today?
Here dies another day
During which I have had eyes, ears, hands
And the great world around me;
And with tomorrow begins another.
Why am I allowed two?
G. K. Chesterton
What are you thankful for today?
Betsy and Laurie