I think it’s interesting that we have a season and specifically a day, Thanksgiving, set aside to turn our minds toward being grateful. I guess sometimes thankfulness doesn’t come easy.
Like the day my car konked out right on the other side of the Chick-fil-A drive-thru infuriating hungry people who couldn’t get their food into their mouths fast enough because they couldn’t get past my car. Honking horns and dirty looks!
I guess they were HANGRY!
But the Bible commands us to be thankful in all things and in all circumstances even the hard ones.
“Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:18
I think we can all agree with the Bible when it tells us that God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways. (Isaiah 55:9)
His narrative is:
We have to be last to be first.
We have to die to self in order to live.
God’s thoughts and ways are counterintuitive to our human logic because He is sinless and selfless. And because of God’s selfless act of sending His Son to die on a cross to save us from our sinful acts we can choose to have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
And when we do, the perspective on our circumstances change.
Every year I write out a list of what this kind of thankfulness looks like to me. This year as I am continuing to learn how to surrender to God’s will I’ve added a few more perspective changes to my list.
To read my list join me over at Chets Women