Today's quote is from Maya Angelou. She said:
"Be present in all things and thankful for all things."
I set out to find a quote that would stand as a "second witness" to the thought I shared a couple of weeks go on Being Thankful for Our Problems. I love the quote I found. I think she puts the two things together. I think when we try to focus only on the good things in life, we block out a huge portion of life. We aren't able to be present for it. How often to we bury our heads in the sand like an ostrich to protect our hearts from pain? Be present. And at the same time, be thankful. All things are life, and be thankful for it.
On the same page I found the nice picture above, I found a great quote from Thessalonians.
1 Thessalonians 5:18: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It doesn't say, be sure to give thanks for the good things. It says to give things in every thing.
No matter if you are facing the bitter or the sweet (and we pretty much face both every day, right?), say thank you. Grow from both facets of life.
So remember to be thankful. In all things.