[In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you] 1 Thessalonians 5:18. We are often told by those wiser than ourselves that we are to give thanks for all things at all times, but why? What if things are not going so well, are we still to give thanks during those difficult times? Yes. The cliché response to that is because there are people in this world who are currently doing a lot worse than you are. The reason many of us cannot truly be thankful for our current situations is because we haven’t had the experience of being worse off than we are now.
I’ve worked in the automotive industry for seven years at the same job and while most people would be impressed by the apparent dedication to my place of employment, until recently, I wasn’t thankful at all. In fact I complained day and night about how much I hated my job and about how much better in life everyone else was doing. I would tell people “I am thankful for this job” because I knew it in my head, but I didn’t know it in my heart.
This year I finally made the decision to apply for a second job. I applied for a little over one-hundred jobs over the summertime until there was a breakthrough. I eventually got hired part-time at a picture taking job and I was happy that it seemed my life was heading in the right direction. My excitement however was short-lived as I realized that I was given much less hours than initially promised. As time went on I realized that the grass wasn’t greener on the other side, but instead it was browner.
After quitting the picture job, my bad experience drove me to work harder at my automotive job and now I make a lot more money there than I ever had before. While I don’t want to work in the automotive industry forever, the picture job had given me a taste of what it’s like to be on the browner side of the grass. We are not to be thankful for our current situations because this is as good as it gets, but because this is better than other people will ever get.
If you are not happy about how your life is going right now, do something about it. You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to what happens to you. God does have a better plan for our lives, but if we’re not thankful for what God is doing right now, we won’t be thankful for what He’s going to do later. Learning how to be truly thankful for what God has done and what He’s doing opens our hearts to receiving it’s desires that have yet to be fulfilled; having a heart of thanksgiving rends the heavens and releases our hearts unseen desires from His world into ours. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
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