Thanksgiving is usually the time of year when we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. It’s such a shame that we wait until this time to acknowledge the “good” things in our lives. I am just as guilty as I sit here and write this week’s blog… on giving thanks.
I am reminded of a time in my life when I was so very focused on who was not part of my cheerleading crew, that I was not appreciating those who were in my corner. I had earned my master’s degree while also playing the role of teacher, wife, mother, and active church member. It was a milestone I thought worthy of celebrating. A few people who I thought should be happy for me did not attend my graduation or graduation party. I was heartbroken. I felt that I was always there for this certain group of people and felt that they should have been there to celebrate my accomplishment.
I remember vividly God saying to me, “Have you stopped to appreciate those who WERE there for your celebration?” It hit me like a train. I immediately realized that I was so focused on who was not there that I was not appreciative of those who were. This was a life lesson for me. Don’t focus on the negative… only focus on the positive. No matter how bad things may be, you will always have things for which to be thankful.
With that lesson in mind, I am so very thankful for:
I challenge you to think of the true blessings in your life and give thanks… during Thanksgiving, but also throughout the year.
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