"Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, which lives by itself in a forest, in fertile pasture lands" (Micah 7:14)
(Although they live apart in the wilderness, there is fertile land around them)
There are people who feel that life is a barren road leading nowhere.
Route 66 Sands Motel
They travel through a spiritual wilderness and monotony clouds their perception of the blessings and joys that give cause for thanksgiving and praise. The road ahead lacks adventure because they are convinced that it will be no different, and therefore they expect nothing new to happen in their lives.
The tragedy is that they are so busy complaining about what they think is wrong that they cannot see what is right. They live in a wilderness of their own creating, and cannot see the lovely things that are continually happening to those who have cultivated the art of appreciation.
An appreciative attitude is the key that opens the treasure house of God.
If, in recent days, you have been blind to the beauties of nature; spoken destructively instead of constructively and have been fighting life with such intensity that you are difficult to live with, it is time you started thankfully counting your blessings.
This is not a "pollyanna" approach to life. It is the adaptation of a principle that, if conscientiously applied, will transform your attitude,
and bring you joy and satisfaction. The basis of true appreciation is the
acknowledgment that God is good and is waiting to bless those who love Him and have opened their lives to His extraordinary generosity..
Teach me, O Lord, to recognize Your blessings and accept my appreciation of them.
Love,courtesy of faith for daily living
June, 1979 ; allposters