Monday Meditations #4 – Ungrateful

(c) Branden Harvey

[Guest Post by Ashley] – The past couple weeks I have found myself very down and ungrateful.

Trying to keep it together on the outside but ready to burst into tears on the inside at any given moment.

I moved to Nashville 4 years ago.

When I moved here I didn’t see myself working a Monday – Friday 8-4 job. I wanted to do music.

Isn’t that why everyone comes to Nashville?

Not only that I thought that by now, by 29 I would be married, have a house, maybe talking about a family.. like I see so many of my friends doing…

Neither of those things have happened and I am working a Monday- Friday job and I am [still] not married.

I have noticed that over the past couple of weeks I have been greatly dwelling on what is not happening in my life instead of the great things that are happening. I have been looking at every door that has closed or hurt me over the past 4 years instead of the doors that have opened to me and that are opening.

I have become ungrateful.

I was talking to my mom this morning and she said,

“Be grateful that you have a job with good benefits!”

That just kinda irritated me because I wanted more than a job with great benefits. I wanted what I thought my life was going to look like when I moved here 4 years ago.

After she said this I began to think about how my un-gratefulness has created my unhappiness..

I looked up the word “Ungrateful” on dictionary.com and here is what it said,

1:unappreciative; not displaying gratitude;
2.unpleasant; distasteful;

I have become so ungrateful for everything that God has done and is doing.

The crazy part is that I love my job.

I love the people I work with.

I know that this is where God wants me to be at this season of my life, but yet I caved to believing the lies that the devil filled my head with,

“You are not good enough” “You should be married by now” “You don’t make enough money for a 29 year old” …and so on.

I don’t know if you have ever found yourself in a place like this but if you have we have to repent.

Ask God to forgive us for being ungrateful and for trying to take our life into our own hands. We have to become a thankful people..

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT says: Always be joyful.  Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

If we follow and dwell on what this verse says–oh how amazing our life can be and how amazing God wants it to be!!

It is amazing how when we change our attitude and mind we can change our lives.

Ashley is a Country Christian singer/songwriter who currently lives in Tennessee. She has a passion for helping girls see who they are in Christ through her ministry Everything Beautiful. To find out more about Ashley or Everything Beautiful visit www.ashleyramps.com.

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