Give thanks to the LORD for he is good. His love endures forever.Psalm 136:1
Gratitude is so important. I think it’s so beautiful that we set aside a day to give thanks, but how beautiful would it be if we incorporated gratitude into our daily routine? How much more gracious and loving would we be if we took a little time every day to count our blessings? I know it’s easy to get caught up in what we wish we had and how what we have can be better. If we pause for a moment, we’ll realize that we’re blessed more than we think we are.
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I’ve noticed that, like most people, I thank God when something good happens. I never forget to thank him when something goes my way. Naturally, I rarely thank him when things aren’t going my way. When I’m struggling or when something doesn’t go my way, my immediate reaction is not to thank God, but to ask him why he’s holding out on me. Instead of thanking him for making me stronger or making me patient, I ask him to take away the struggles.
I try to live by the verse Jeremiah 29:11, reminding myself that no matter what, God has a plan for good for my life. It’s easy for me to remember that and give him thanks when my life is going well. I need to remember that the Lord is still doing great things for me even when I don’t feel them.
My life is by no means perfect, but on Thanksgiving, I thank God for every part of my imperfect life. I praise him for giving me so many loved ones, a place to live, food to eat, comfy clothes to wear, a higher education, and a blog for telling my story and helping readers grow in faith. When I get a bad grade, or have to do laundry, or get writers block, or have a scuffle with a loved one, I have to remember that these are still blessings from God. I’ve been learning to see him in every area of my life and give glory to him in all that I do. I think a great way to do this is to give thanks to him at all times.