Life is hard. We all face periods when it feels like our world is collapsing in on us. During those tough times, we can either face the hard times and deal with them, or let ourselves become prisoner to our circumstances.
The holiday season is here and it tends to bring many feelings to the forefront – many good, some bad. One of the most important is gratitude.
I am coming up on my third holiday season in the Midwest. Being away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, I have truly learned to enjoy a slower pace of life. I have learned to treasure the small things that come up on a daily basis and enjoy the beauty of the country around me.
I had it in my mind, for a very long time, that the only things I should be thankful for are cash money and freedom. The funny part about that, is that the money never made me happy and freedom is something I never really had. I held on to that warped sense of “what life should be” for far longer than I should have.
It took me many years to reach a place where gratitude became an important part of my daily life.
It is easy to let life distract us with what we don’t have, but the reality is that here in the U.S. we live very blessed lives. No matter what our economic level is, we have clean water, electricity and there is always food available.
It is time for me to not only be thankful for my many blessings, but to also step it up and do what I can for others because I have been so blessed. I always talk about my “goals” and this is a big one: I will pay it forward. I will help others just as people along the way have helped me.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.