As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, we will hear or read the list of gratitude that everyone will express on the days leading to the holiday. The gratitude list typically covers the basics: life, family, friends, health, for protection (home), for provision (job), and money to pay the bills. There are many blessings to be grateful for and we should count them each and every day.
However, there are other things we should express our gratitude for as well:
1) the challenges of life – you obtain growth and maturity from the challenges,
2) friendships that have ended – there are learning lessons to receive from each of them,
3) ex-loves (broken relationships) – you learn more about yourself, your desires – what you do and don’t want from a mate – and ultimately meeting the one worthy of your heart,
4) for closed doors – it helps develop the characteristics of patience and determination; creating a “don’t give up or give in” attitude.
”Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Count all things – every positive and negative experience – joy for you are a better person today. For each challenge, it strengthened you. The friendships that ended were for seasonal purposes only; don’t extend their time. Former loves prepared you for the one worthy of your heart and love. And finally, closed doors created the determined person who doesn’t give up or give in!
For all things, I simply say…
Be blessed and be a blessing.
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)