Choose to be Thankful

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I’m certain that there are quite a few people who may have trouble feeling “thankful” these days. With the obstacles that many are facing such as financial woes, failing relationships, emotional distresses – just to name a few; it’s enough to almost tempt you to ask, “What is there to be thankful for?” Well, take a deep breath and release for just a moment. Things may look and feel bleak now but even at what may seem like our lowest point, there are reasons to be thankful.

To begin, aren’t you thankful that you’re here today? I mean – think about it - our lives are so fragile and fleeting. For every breathing moment, the more we should be thankful. Life has been granted to us and it remains priceless. Ultimately, we have no control over the beginning or ending of our lives but we can thank God for each day given. Perhaps circumstances are clearly not as well as we desire; but thank God that they aren’t as bad as they could be. When we recognize conditions outside of our own, our thinking should shift because we realize that things could potentially be much worse. So, next time we feel that urge to take this life for granted, may we be reminded that we’re alive and well and being thankful should be a reflection of our attitudes and not our circumstances.

Each day affords opportunity for greater living. Which is better to ask? “What will each new day bring to me or what will I bring to each new day?” Aside from everything else, be thankful that we can choose to live a better and purposeful life. We can make the necessary changes to start over, live stronger, love harder or give graciously. What we do and how we do it is at our discretion. Release any excuses of past failures or issues and chart a course for a new direction. Anything is possible beginning with the right attitude. Embrace each day with the mindset of doing something today that will make a positive difference for the rest of our lives.

It’s not easy to imagine being thankful for the difficulties that we may be experiencing; but it is possible. No, we’re not always thankful for the particular situation but we can be thankful for such a gracious God to see us through the situation. We were not promised an easy road in life but we have been given the power, peace and presence of God to sustain our journey. If we didn’t experience challenges, then we wouldn’t experience growth and perseverance. Some of my greatest lessons learned came through great pain and discomfort. My discomfort stretched me to maturity and dependence upon Christ. Once we realize that we cannot control life and all of its instabilities, we learn to place our trust and confidence in the only One who will always remain constant and true – Jesus Christ.

Lastly, we can be thankful for the hope that we have in Christ. As we look around at the sufferings, lawlessness and total disregard of a Sovereign God, it can be very disheartening. However, faint not because a day will come when all of the former things will pass away. There will be harmony and peace in the earth; no more suffering, crime or dying – just life eternal. Until then, we must continue the journey of faith knowing that for everything there is a reason and a season. With each day, let us strive to live out our purpose for Christ and in all things – be thankful.

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