Thanksgiving is almost here! A time of frantically shopping the stores only to find the ingredients you need are no longer on the shelves. A time of figuring out family arrangements and schedules. A time of traveling long miles on the road. And then of course there’s the whole thankfulness thing… That’s the whole point of this Thursday anyway, right?
Don’t get me wrong, I think Thanksgiving is a fantastic holiday, but I also wonder why we often make Thanksgiving a holiday rather than a lifestyle. We continually live in a world of comparison, regrets, and unfilled wishes. Rather than focusing on the prayers God has answered and the blessings before our eyes, we’re focused on our exhaustion, distracted by our schedules, and lost in others’ posts on social media.
To be honest, I often battle discontentment. I mean, the majority of us desire to live the American Dream, right? To wear the right clothes, to have a beautiful car, to get a college education, to marry the right person, to buy a gorgeous house with a white picket fence, and to have 2.5 kids (of course, since obviously 2 isn’t enough and 3 is too much).
Over the years, God has taught me, usually unwillingly on my part, that ingratitude isn’t a part of His character, so it shouldn’t be a part of mine. Through numerous occasions, I’ve learned that Godly contentment begins with gratitude. Discontentment ends with thankfulness. Because of this, I’ve learned to daily jot down 5 “thank you’s.” When I’m stressed, depressed, or obsessed, jotting down my blessings quickly changes the mood. If you find yourself frequently stressing, depressing, or obsessing, maybe it’s time for you to start keeping a journal too. Map out God’s answered prayers and the blessings you live daily.
So in honor of Thanksgiving week, I wanted to send out some thanks:
God, thank you for the problems I have had so that I could have lessons learned. Thank you for the disappointments that have later led to treasures.
Thank you for the blessing of a hot shower and a toilet that flushes. Because without either of those, my day would be pretty stinky.
Thank you for the people You have taken out of my life so I can appreciate the ones who are currently in my life.
Thank you for not letting me get my way all the time. Thank you that your plans are better than mine, that your plans succeed, not mine.
Thank you for the big and the little things; thank you for the known and the unknown blessings.
Thank You for being You.
Let us come before God with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.
– Psalm 95:2-4