By Christopher Simon

Gratitude, Contentment and Anxiety

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  ~Psalm 118:24

A simple prayer of thanks is a great way to start and end every day. We have so much to be thankful for, and reminding ourselves of that fact will improve the quality of our lives. But, how do we know if we are truly and genuinely showing gratitude to God?
With our family and friends it is easy enough to know if we are genuinely grateful. In that case, we will feel and express appreciation and be happy with our gift. We might extend this same analysis to God: are we genuinely appreciative of God’s gifts to us (our lives, our talents, our work, and our family and friends) and are we genuinely content with how things are working out in our lives?
A true sense of gratitude to God should lead to a profound sense of contentment with our lives. This doesn’t mean that we won’t strive to make things better; there are many things that could stand to be improved. But, it does mean that as we go about our lives we manifest a satisfaction and contentment with things, and especially the little things we cannot change.
Gratitude naturally brings with it a deep contentment which will banish fear and anxiety from our lives. So, we should keep in mind all that we have to be thankful for.