So I’m pretty sure this is something most (dare I say all) Christians have struggled with at some point or another (or possibly even constantly) – being thankful. And to be straight up; lately I’ve been having a bit/a lot of trouble being thankful – which when I actually stop and think about it is crazy talk, but that’s where I’m at. I shouldn’t be, and hopefully I won’t be for much longer.
I don’t know about you guys, but I find it to be a struggle and have let myself just focus on the negative in some situations. I’ve been blessed with a full time job, but I’ve been frustrated with it’s hours and how long it’s been taking my body to get used to it. I’ve been blessed with a previous ministry experiences and desire to return – but frustrated that it hasn’t yet happened. At points I’ve been crazy tired, which I don’t know about you, but when I’m tired I’m a lot more prone to lack a filter on things – so it’s much more easy for me to focus on the negative, or in the past – sin.
But here’s the thing homies – I SHOULD be thankful, and praise be to God I am – at least as of this writing, and I’m hoping this praising will continue. And we should always be thankful, which (as I’ve been finding) isn’t always easy, but still, it’s what we need to do. We are encouraged numerous times throughout the Word to be thankful. So we need to be. As much as it isn’t always easy, it really is that simple (I’m looking at you, me).
So here are somethings I’ve found to be helpful. The first is to list (write it, say it out loud, or perhaps both) things that you should be thankful for – and you will quickly see just how much the Lord has blessed you, and in my case how I have many more things I have to be thankful for than to be upset about. I have an AMAZING wife, I have an apartment, an AWESOME family, incredible friends, a laptop to write a blog post on, income to cover necessities and (at times) fun frivolities, and a full time job.I have SO MUCH to be thankful for. The second is to actually talk about it, even if just quickly, or asking someone to pray for you. I know when I don’t talk about it (especially when I’m tired) it’s so much easier for me to get sucked into my head, where I’ll just get more and more down/upset and focusing on the negative feelings. Limit that opportunity as much as possible – talk to someone, who can point out the many blessings you’ve received – and pray. The third thing is to get more familiar with the scriptures – which again is something I need to work on, but there’s great and encouraging stuff there (such as this one here), which can really help. Top all of it off with the VERY important step of praying about it. Lift your thanks and frustrations to the Lord – but definitely add that thanks.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with being frustrated or down – but it’s not good to let those times choke out your thankfulness. We should always give thanks.
I hope and pray (and ask that you pray for me in this area) this post was encouraging for you my friends. I’d also like to recommend you head over to Cam Butryn’s blog, his latest post has some really good food for thought. Definitely worth checking out.
Thanks for reading, and may God bless you my friends.