Are you focused on what you have or what you don’t have? That is the difference between gratitude and greed. Are you focused on this life or the next? That is the difference between stinginess and generosity. Are you focused on your wants or others’ needs? That is the difference between selfishness and compassion. It’s also the difference between unhappiness and joy.
As your focus changes, your perspective will change. As your perspective changes, your life will change. You might find yourself in the same circumstances. But your heart will change, and along with it, your motivations and expectations.
~ Excerpted from Primal by Mark Batterson