Not too long ago, I finished Mark Batterson’s book: If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities.
Mark shared this very simple yet substantially valuable quote that he says deeply challenged his perspective: “If every day were a good day, there would be no good days.”
Wow! Think about that for a minute. Isn’t that a great perspective?
It’s so easy to fill our days with “if only” thoughts and regrets that cause us to be discontent.
“If only I had more money …”
“If only I had a better body …”
“If only I had a bigger house/a better car/a bigger yard…”
“If only we didn’t have food allergies…”
“If only I had more time…”
“If only my marriage was like hers…”
“If only we could find a way to increase our income…”
In the book, Mark says:
“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you were more blessed than the million who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you’re better off than 5 hundred million people in the world.”
He went on to share more about how even our bad days usually cannot compare to those of the rest of the world. The truth is that many of us don’t truly know what a bad day is.
Take a second and think about it.
If you have more than a meal’s worth of food in your fridge, clothes to wear, and a soft place to sleep, then you are 75% richer than the rest of the world.
If you can read this article, then you are more blessed than 2 billion people in the world that are unable to read.
If you have money to spare, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
No matter what your life circumstances are, I can guarantee you that someone else would love to be in your shoes.
Remember: You can’t choose your circumstances, but you can choose your attitude in life.
Choose well today.