As the Thanksgiving Holiday draws near this week and I reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving and our family traditions I am reminded that THANKFULNESS takes the sting out of adversity. Let me explain.
Do you ever feel like the more you try to obtain happiness the easier it can slip from your grasp? The key is THANKFULNESS. God instructs us to give thanks for everything. (Ephesians 5:20)
Yet, there is an element of mystery in this matter of faith: We give God thanks (regardless of our feelings), and God gives us joy (regardless of our circumstances). (Psalm 118:1)
This simple spiritual transaction of obedience - blind obedience at times - can seem irrational. To thank God for our hardships, doubts, and difficult circumstances can seem impossible.
By being thankful, even though difficulties remain, we will be blessed as our thankfulness opens our hearts to God's presence in our lives. (Psalm 89:15)
We may still be in the same place with the same set of hardships, but amazingly we will begin to see our circumstances from God's perspective and begin to find the rest we are seeking from our burdens in His love. (Matthew 11:29-30)
Challenge: Who is the one person who you need to pick up the phone and call to tell them how thankful you are for them? Who is the one person you need to write or e-mail? How will you demonstrate to them that you are thankful and grateful for all they do for you and what they mean to you?
- Written by Jenny Fehn, Media Specialist
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