What If?

Instead of looking for reasons to leave, what if we looked for reasons to stay?

Instead of looking for reasons to get revenge, what if we looked for reasons to extend forgiveness and grace?

Instead of looking for reasons to give up, what if we looked for reasons to hold on, to persevere, to keep hope alive?

Instead of looking for reasons to be spiteful, hateful, or disappointed–rather than searching out those reasons or waiting on edge for them to happen, and maybe even relishing them when they do happen (because we wanted to be right so badly), what if we looked for reasons to believe? To be merciful? To be humble, gracious, or kind?

And with that same fervency, what if we looked for reasons to be thankful, regardless of our circumstances or the hurtful things people do to us?

What if?

Thankfulness is the cure for many ailments