It’s so easy to be thankful for certain things isn’t it?  Things that bring us great joy, things that make us feel safe, and accomplishments we are proud of…easy things to list this time of year.

     But what about the hard things?  The less than full-time job that doesn’t provide quite enough money for the bills left at the end of the month; the choice to stop socializing with someone you know isn't good for you even tho' you enjoy their company; or the situation with that person whom you love dearly but can’t seem to communicate with…what about those?  Is it possible to be thankful for those things too?

     Some of the hardest times in my life have caused me, more like forced me, to learn and grow tremendously; and it is those same things that, because of lessons learned, can allow me to help others through similar situations. 

     Our being thankful shouldn’t depend on our circumstances.  It should be rooted in knowing whatever life throws us, we have the ability to ask “Why me?” and wallow, or “What can I do to make some progress today?”  A thankful heart will find peace – no matter what the circumstance.

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.”
— 1 Chronicles 16:34


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