Ever since I can remember, when I sit down I’ll be shaking a foot or a leg. If shaking your legs counts as exercise, I ought to be the healthiest guy around. Apparently leg shaking annoys some of those who are non-shakers. I never thought it was a big deal until the people came up with the name “Restless Leg Syndrome.” Now when shake my leg I am very self conscious thinking that people are saying, “Stay away. He’s diseased. He has Restless Leg Syndrome.” A worse disease is “Restless Heart Syndrome.” Its symptom is discontent. That describes a bunch of folks. Jesus said in Luke 12:15, “Take care. Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, for one’s life doesn’t consist of the abundance of possessions.” Everywhere we turn our culture tells us that the best life does consist of the abundance of your possessions or good looks or winning. For one week, just before you go to bed at night, I want you to try an experiment. Take a notepad and write down five things you are thankful for from your day. Then thank God for those things. Do that for a week and see what happens. Cultivate the habit of giving thanks. It will change your life and may heal your Restless Heart Syndrome.
– Dr. Tim Thompson