I am writing this on Wednesday November 23rd. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. So I figure this week would be a good week to write about gratitude. And more specifically what I’m grateful for.
In retrospect, I find it interesting that some of the things I’m grateful for, I definitely didn’t see them as something I could or would ever be grateful for at the time it was happening. I know I am stealing this concept from WAY-FM’s Brant Hansen. When he asked listeners to call in with their stories, I started to think about things in my life.
As I started to come up with things, I realized how ungrateful I can be during hard times, ungrateful toward God especially. It’s always when I’m on the other side that I can see some of my struggles as blessings. I think this tendency is why the Bible commands us to give thanks.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I wish I was thankful in all circumstances, but like most other humans, I sometimes find this next to impossible.
My losing my ability to speak is a good example from my own life. I was anything but grateful. I was downright angry. I was angry at God and, unfortunately, I took that anger out on quite a few people.
But now I can be grateful for losing my speech. I may have lost the ability to speak clearly but now I communicate more than I ever have with my blog, and with my specially equipped computer. With my new tools, I can speak with more people. It wasn’t until I lost my ability to communicate easily that I truly began appreciating communication.
For this I am truly grateful. Having said that, I have to be intentional about showing gratitude, especially during hard times. Actually, I need to always be intentional about showing gratitude both to God and other people. It is way too easy to go through our daily lives without taking the time to be grateful.
It is easy to be thankful on Thanksgiving. Well, it’s easier than the rest of the year. I personally am thankful for my family, my friends, my church and my brothers in my recovery group. That is just a few things. I’m sure if I sat here long enough the list would go on and on.
How about you? What are you grateful for?
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. – Psalm 100:4-5