On her inspiration blog, Natalie Scarberry recently quoted Helen Keller:
So much has been given to me I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.
For three things I thank God every day of my life:
thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of his works;
deep thanks that he has set in my darkness the lamp of faith;
deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to–
a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song.
Such incredible words.
At the age of two, American educator Helen Keller was stricken with an illness that left her blind and deaf. During her remaining 86 years, Keller stood as a powerful example of how determination, hard work, and imagination can allow an individual to triumph over adversity. By overcoming difficult conditions with a great deal of persistence, she grew into a respected and world-renowned activist who labored for the betterment of others. Somehow, in the midst of her personal journey, she developed an attitude of gratitude – an authentic and deep-spirited thankfulness that provided perspective for her present circumstances and hope for her future.
To focus on what we have as opposed to what we perceive to have been denied takes work – a day-in and day-out discipline of setting our minds on that which is good and pure, right and true. (Philippians 4.8) In this world, it is natural to grumble and complain, compare and always come up short, desire more and bigger and brighter and newer. We don’t see contentment advertised on TV. Nor do we often discuss it.
But to be thankful for the understanding of what God has done for us, more thankful for light and guidance through faith and even more thankful for what awaits us in heaven is simply glorious.
This is abundance. Meaning-filled. Fulness of joy. Purpose-filled.
This is a good life. A very good life.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26.3 ESV