Have you ever been challenged by this quote:
“What if you awoke today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”
I am guilty of taking little things and big things alike for granted. While I am thankful for my wonderful family, a roof over my head, food on the table and clothes on my back, I do not always remember to show my gratitude to my Heavenly Father. He is the giver of all good gifts. And these items would definitely be on my ‘good gifts list.’
What about the little things? I have never read Anne Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, though it’s on my mental list of books I’d like to read (it’s even in my Amazon cart, waiting patiently). I can imagine from the title and gleaning from the thoughts of others that she challenges us to see beauty in the ugliness, and in the commonplace. I’ve seen this quote: “Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.” Am I truly filled with thankfulness in each magnificent sunset? For a day filled with love and opportunities to fulfill His purposes for me and in me? For that first sip of morning coffee? For that hug and “I love you” from my boy? For my husband who reaches over to hold my hand? For mounds of laundry…because this means my home is not empty, and we have the necessities of life, and the benefit of brilliant imaginations so that I don’t need to do laundry by hand? For the opportunity to serve a sick neighbour, to show the love of Jesus? I’m trying to learn this lesson well, as the name of my blog suggests. I pray that I would not only find joy in the everyday, but I would be thankful in it. A life lived in thankfulness is a life that is content and full of joy.
It’s easy to be thankful for good things. FaceTime with grandlittles. Visits with friends and family. The precious gift of salvation. What about the hard things? I Thessalonians 5:18 tells us “in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We’ve talked (here, here and here) about difficult circumstances being occasions for God to draw us closer and to make us more like His dear Son. I can certainly be thankful that He hears me when I cry out to Him in those troubling times, He sustains me in my trials and walks beside me as I face those hard things. I do not face them alone.
God is good. May my heart be filled and overflowing with thankfulness to Him.
This photo was taken at a friend’s farm. We helped the family a couple of years ago as they harvested their pumpkins. I’m telling you, it was back-breaking work…a farmer truly is not fully compensated for his labour! As I study this photo, I am thankful for those who grow our food. I am thankful for the ability to take part in such work. I am thankful for the beauty of autumn. I am thankful for friends who are brothers and sisters in Christ. I am thankful for a God who is good and full of mercy.