I was visiting an elderly lady in our church this past week, and she was so encouraging I had to share. I went to visit her because she recently fell and cracked her shoulder and broke her toe. In our conversation she said, “You know Andy, throughout my life I’ve had polio, a stroke, a broken arm, and a broken leg….but those are just small things.”
Really!? You mean to tell me that polio, a stroke, and broken bones are small things! She went on to say, “God has blessed me with so much, and I have so much to be thankful for.” Right then and there, I was taught a lesson. A thankful heart is all a matter of perspective.
To hear her label something like polio as a small thing, really made me think about all the times I’ve whined about something pretty insignificant: being stuck in traffic, having a flat tire, or just having a bad day.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “give thanks in all circumstances.” It doesn’t say give thanks for all circumstances, but in all circumstance. Take some time out of your day today and give God thanks for how much He has blessed you. And next time you have polio, remember, it’s just a “small thing.”