Where in the world does time go?
I am only 19 years and roughly 8 months old… I shouldn’t be to that point in life where I am afraid that if I even blink I might miss something.
Being away at college has really shown me how much I took for granted in high school. Coming home for Thanksgiving break where I can catch back up with my family and see my old friends makes me really regret that I didn’t appreciate it more when I had that time with them at my fingertips.
Maybe you’re not like me though… maybe you don’t feel like you have a welcoming family to go home to or maybe once you went to college you realized your high school “friends” weren’t really your friends at all.
Whatever the case, since we just celebrated Thanksgiving and I got to leave my friends, my family and my home church once again to come back to dreaded school I feel like now is as good as time as any to discuss how to keep the thanksgiving spirit all year around. However, more than that, how to be thankful when you feel like there is just not a lot to be thankful for…
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
God calls us to be thankful in ALL circumstances… the bad or the good. He gives us a ton of Bible verses that touch on this idea of thankfulness though because He understands our struggle with it. So many times when I finally feel like my life is okay and I don’t feel like I am climbing Mt. Everest, tragedies seems to hit and takes me back down to rock bottom and gives me another mountain to climb.
Even on your worst days though, when you feel overwhelmed with burdens and have no idea what tomorrow is going to bring, truly there is always something to be thankful for. So in the mix of injuries, of disaster, of hardship or of death… where does the light come from… Jesus.
Don’t get me wrong, nobody “feels” thankful when they are face to face with adversity even if they know God is just using those trials to refine us . We don’t feel thankful because we don’t have that total control over our emotions (even though I really wish we did some days). So, here is where we distinguish Gods call for us to not “feel thankful” in all circumstances, but rather “BE thankful” in all circumstances.
Unlike feeling thankful, actually being grateful is a choice. You can either choose to view life in its entirety OR focus on the temporary circumstances and dwell in them. The only constant thing you will ever find in this life is the yearning relationship God wants to have with every single one of you and that alone gives hope still.
Tips to becoming more grateful:
- Wake up and say 3 things you’re thankful for… breathing, your health, a roof, a bed, clean water, a good nights rest, food, interest access… ♥️ — REMEMBER: Not everyone has even the simplest things you might have.
- There is a silver lining within every tragedy, FIND IT!
- Look outward, not inward. Instead of focusing on your own expectations to how things should have gone, try focusing on others around you.
- Change your perspective. Try putting yourself in someone else’s shoes who may be facing greater misfortunes than your own.
What I am thankful for this November:
When you can’t simply find one thing on earth to be thankful for, be thankful for God’s free gift of eternal life. The only required thing of you is to accepted Him into your life as Lord and Savior.
Also, even when you feel like your life is falling apart remember, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for… you might just have to search a little harder to find it some days. If you like my blog and would like an email when I post scroll to the bottom of my page and enter your email! Also, please comment with any thoughts below!
Until next time friends ♥