Week 38: Thankful

You say, “If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.” You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled. – Charles Spurgeon

This past Thursday, most of us gathered with friends and family. I had three such instances and only two were around a table. One, with my Dad’s side of the family, we all fill our plates and gather around the living room. There is no table. Just trays and console tables.

Many of us probably didn’t truly enjoy the holiday. I know I was on the brink of that due to exhaustion over all the preparations. Along with that exhaustion, many of us forget to take the time to focus on the blessings God has given us this past year.

His blessings are so numerous and unending that we should be grateful every moment of every day. It’s so easy to get caught up in our routines that we lose sight of all that He has done for us. That’s why, when trials come, we wonder if God still loves us, and whether He actually has a plan for our lives.

Rest assured – In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul writes that we should rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances, even when walking through those “valleys” that we all experience.

Someone once asked the question, “What if one day in Heaven, we discover that God wasted nothing in our lives on earth?”

Our trials take on a whole different light when we see them from that perspective. If we allow Him to, God will use even the most painful circumstances of our lives to help us grow and draw us closer to Him. We need to be content through it all.

That’s just it. Being thankful comes down to being content and grateful for what you have. It’s that time of year… Have you said thank you to God yet today?

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