It’s natural at this time of year to really focus on what we are thankful for.
I suppose I’m no different than most. I’m thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for. Things I try to be sure and thank God for letting him know how much they mean to me.
As I thought about all I have to be thankful for, and trust me there is a lot, I realized how easy it is to miss the small things that happen on a daily basis.
I find there are things I’m not very good at thinking about giving thanks for: waking up each day, forgiveness, second chances, third chances, as many chances I need, my abilities, safe travel to and from work every day, being able to drive 25 minutes each way to pick up my boys, a husband who stays even when I’m not very nice, love, laughter, food, shelter, clothing.
There are things I forget to be thankful for. The troubles in my life that grow me into a better person; Pain that stretches me to become the person God created me to be. Difficulties that test my faith and show me a better way.
Yes, trials are something to be thankful for.
Without the trials, how would we recognize the times of peace and good in our lives?
As I come to this day of thanks I’m learning to be thankful in ALL THINGS, not just thankful for the good things.
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belongs to Christ Jesus to live. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
What are some things you might be missing that you should be thankful for?