In perilous times, such as we live in today, many find it difficult to truly give thanks. Everywhere we turn there’s another atrocity in our local or global news. The lack of respect for human life continues to show up in situations such as human trafficking, girls being sold for sex, and the ongoing conversation around Black Lives Matter. This theme continues with all lives across the world with killings in places such as Paris, Mali, and Beirut just to name a few. ISIS continues to be a world threat and if we place our faith in the hands of man it would appear hopeless.
Since the beginning of time, history books reveal that each generation faced what appeared to be helpless and tragic situations. When the chronicles are written about us today it will be no different. While in the midst of any situation it can look gloomy and make one want to just give up. However, as long as we have breath in our bodies there’s always hope for a better day. When we feel discouraged and think that the world has lost its mind, that’s the time to look up, dig deep and take a stand. It is always the darkest just before dawn. The bible even tells us that weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning.
Thanksgiving is a time to pause and give thanks for the blessings in our lives and in the world in spite of the pain that is real. During our lifetime we will experience death, but there is also life. As people transition from this world to the next, babies are born and with each new life there is hope for peace and harmony to exist among mankind. In life there are many things out of our control; however, what we do with the things we have control of matters. Do we speak up when we see things that aren’t right? Do we take the first step to extend forgiveness when it will help mend a fence or build a bridge? Are we willing to experience a little discomfort if it helps another human being? These are all things that we have to ponder and answer for ourselves.
Several years ago I heard a minister say that if we would just stop long enough to count our blessings one by one, it would consume us in such a way that we wouldn’t have time to complain. Again, I’m not saying there aren’t bad and negative things all around us, but we must have a made up mind that life is worth living and that we were put on this earth to make a difference. The dawning of each new day gives all of us the opportunity to give thanks and start fresh. How we decide to use our time and the choices and decisions we make will and can have an impact on others.
As I’ve gotten older and matured, I have made it a habit to wake up each day and first give thanks. After I have my time of prayer, reading and journaling, I tell God that I am ready to report for service for whatever assignment He has for me that day. No matter what I may have on my list, I give him permission to adjust it as He sees fit. I try to do something positive for someone else everyday with the hope of making a difference and hopefully also putting a smile on someone’s face. It really isn’t that difficult. It can be as simple as saying a kind word, or lending a helping hand, or giving a small gift. These are all gifts to help others feel appreciated and thankful.
Remember the world is full of good people; if you can’t seem to find one, then it is up to you to be one. In all things give thanks and you will find the rainbow after the storm. Happy Thanksgiving!
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