In the midst of the chaos of the season, it’s imperative to take time and give thanks. Even everyday blessings are worthy of thanksgiving. But what can we be thankful for if our life is turned upside down?
Death, depression, the break-up of a relationship, financial disruptions, abuse and assaults, sickness, having no one to turn to who would believe our misfortune, or anything else that ties our hands and binds our hearts in fear, doubt, and despair.
Often, when chaos reigns, a lack of forgiveness abounds. Still its best to forgive, and then look beyond the chaos. Appreciate small blessings, and those who truly care, and are willing to assist. And, for those who don’t–refuse to dwell on their resistance. Realize that some will never change, so that friendship needs to end. Then, at this point, count your losses; and move ahead in life.
In the aftermath, it doesn’t pay to hold a grudge. Neither is it beneficial to trust in someone who isn’t trustworthy. Be discerning, and then be thankful that you know the truth. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
Little things to be thankful for: food, clothing, fresh water, warmth when it’s cold, air conditioning when it’s hot, food, bathrooms, warm baths, beds to sleep in, friends, family, churches to worship in, jobs so our bills are paid, cars and transportation, families, children, pets, paved highways and not dirt roads, neighbors, fun things to do, health, doctors and hospitals for sickness and accidents, and the list goes on and on. Just look around, and realize we don’t live in a third-world country. Our water is clean, and food is available. And, our children have a place to learn, and churches to attend for spiritual training. We are truly blessed, despite our problems. And, for this, we give praise.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.