Today is the day of Thanksgiving. And I woke up this morning with a sense of happiness, and yes, thankfulness. I love my family, I’m celebrating tonight with friends, and perhaps most significantly I was still all warm and tucked up in bed.
Then the day really began. Coco’s struggling with a cold and growing up to be a very willful little guy (no idea where he gets that from!!!) so we had a tricky few hours & I was wrung out by 10:30, feeling pretty fed up with how this (& a whole load of other stuff that I won’t bore you with) had ruined my happy, thankful, “I love my life” mood!
But it struck me that being thankful isn’t about being happy when we’re having a good day. The bible tells us to, “whatever happens, keep thanking God”. It seems, being thankful is a choice. It’s not a feeling. It’s an action. And its not just for the sake of it, because we’re told to. But because it’s good for us, it actually changes things.
It’s about being positive. Not the fake positive, saying “I’m fine thanks” when what I actually want to do is cry. But about, when I’m feeling miserable taking a minute to think about the good stuff in my life, instead of allowing the negatives to take over my thoughts.
And it’s about acknowledging that all these good things have come from God, reinforcing my dependence on Him, and giving me faith and courage to trust Him for the things I don’t yet have.
Perhaps this is easy for me to write, because the boy has gone for a nap so I have brief respite from today’s immediate difficulties. And its much harder to do this whole positive, thankful thing when it feels like your problems are much bigger and won’t go away. But I think the principal is the same no matter what the circumstance, even if sometimes it takes a little more perseverance.
Give it a go. Be thankful for the good stuff, and have faith that the bad stuff will get better.