Gratitude

Gratitude

Note: This is a post I wrote on a much older blog but I wanted to re-feature it here. 

Okay so I REALLY shouldn’t be doing a post because I REALLY need to be sleeping right now, but I just can’t help it. My heart is full of so much gratitude tonight. I just have so much joy. I attended institute tonight and then hung with my friends afterwards and as I was saying my prayer tonight, I was saying all the things I was grateful for and I realized that I have SO much to be grateful for. I have Christ’s restored Gospel in my life, amazing family and friends, good health, a roof over my head, clothes to wear, food to eat, a comfy bed, blankets, cats, education, talents, beautiful weather, a Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ that love me, and so much more.

You also know what I’m grateful for? That wonderful little feeling of joy and completeness you feel when you help someone in the slightest way. Charity is such an amazing quality and I’ve been trying to look at others through Christ and love them as He does. It’s amazing how the quality of charity removes the temptation to judge others. I’ve always been the kind of person to give people the benefit of the doubt and to recognize that they are a child of God, but lately I’ve noticed that I’ve been pretty selfish with the struggles that I’ve been going through and I realized that I was starting to lose that charity and that desire to help others because of that selfishness and that pity on my part. Well, buddy, no more! There are people out there in need of help and service. I can’t help them if I’m constantly worrying about myself.

So anyway, I am just so happy. Even though I am terrified for the future and what it holds. Even though things will change. I am perfectly content with being happy for right now. In this moment. These type of moments are meant to be embraced and enjoyed.

That, my friends, is a wonderful blessing. :)