Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

The story is told of a mother and son who lived in a forest. One day, a tornado roared through the forest. The mother clung to a tree and tried to hold her son, but the swirling winds carried him into the sky.  The mother began to weep and pray, “Please, O Lord, bring back my boy! He’s all I have. I would do anything not to lose him. If you will bring him back, I will serve You all of my days.”  Suddenly the boy fell from the sky, right at her feet. He was a bit roughed up, but overall, he was safe and sound.  His mother joyfully brushed him off. Then she stopped for a moment, looked to the sky, and said, “He had a hat, Lord.”

Is it not true that even when there are plenty of things to be thankful for, we can find ourselves complaining with a disgruntled attitude over something insignificant that did not go our way?  You can miss out on the blessings in a situation because you are blinded by your own ungratefulness.  I believe that it is noteworthy that in Philippians 4:6, Christians are commanded to always let our requests to God be escorted by our giving of thanks to God.  While God wants us to express our desires and needs to Him, He also yearns to hear us praise Him for the blessings He has bestowed on us.

Learn to look beyond the minor issues of life that can cause you to keep your eyes on the things of this world, and lift your eyes to your loving heavenly Father who has redeemed you and blessed you with the wealth of His grace and power.