Looking for the Good

Over the weekend, my husband, son and I visited two new places in our area, both of which only opened a few months ago. One was a hotel with modern interiors and wide spaces, and an infinity pool that seamlessly segued to the awesome view of a peaceful river and mountains on the horizon. The other was an old house turned into an elegant restaurant that gave us a delightful culinary experience (so much so that we went there two nights in a row!). We tried various dishes — from Chilean sea bass, to truffled fettucine , to Wagyu burger…and choco lava cake (so yummy!).

To me, this is cause for thanksgiving.

You see, nearly 10 years ago when I relocated to the countryside, there was no mall, no coffee place, no fancy restaurant. Prior to relocation, I grew up and lived in a very busy city with vast choices. But when I moved to the countryside, I honestly struggled with having to live without my usual creature comforts.

At first I found myself complaining and seeing all the negative things about my surroundings. I grumbled about what was missing and focused on what I didn’t have. Can you guess how that left me? Miserable.

Thank God I realized that was not the way to live. So what was one of my antidotes? Gratitude. I decided (yes, decided!) to have a thankful heart, even if I didn’t feel it. I decided to focus on the positive. I decided to highlight the beautiful. I decided to look for the good. Can you guess how that left me? Happy.

Since then, I’ve always been on the watch for new things in our area, and been promoting the good. (Some people say I can even put up a travel agency with all my recommendations to family and friends!)

I am also drawn to do this because of what God says in Jeremiah 29:7 (NLT) —

“Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”

God has placed me where I am for a purpose. I know I am here to build it up, among other things. And whoa, “its welfare will determine [my] welfare.” What a great promise. But having a change of vision to see the good and a change of heart that expresses gratitude — well, that is welfare enough.

Now that’s good.

Questions: What good things can you thank God for today? What good might you be able to extract from a seemingly negative situation? How can you “work for the peace and prosperity” of where you are at the moment?

Post your answers in the comments. Or over at my blog.

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Originally published at citygirlcountryhome.com on October 26, 2015.

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