Yesterday, during church, my pastor was talking about how God calls us to be thankful. Even in the difficult times. But, he doesn’t say we have to be thankful for the difficult times.
Good things can come from the bad, but that doesn’t mean we always see them right away, and sometimes it’s hard to keep going when we can’t see them. I know I say that a lot, but It’s important. I also don’t want anyone to think it’s okay to just slap that “I’m fine,” sticker on life, and call it good.
I haven’t had much luck lately in my ability to see the little things. So, I’m gonna write down twenty five things that I’m thankful for. Small or big, it’s important to see the areas in our lives where God is there, and where he does provide.
I’m Thankful for:
- Pea soup on a cold day
- That warm feeling you get when you’re really comfy
- The confidence you have when you know you’re ready to keep fighting
- My family
- A clean room
- “Mom” hugs
- The people who remind me that they love me
- My stuffed animals and my blanket
- A really good book
- Being able to comfort a friend
- The people who push me, but who still give me a hug when I don’t feel like I can push anymore
- The look people get on their faces when I surprise them with my art
- How some of the little things I’ve done have really encouraged people
- The people who say thank you
- The people who treat me like family
- All the kids who let me read to them at work or at church
- The opportunity to work with kids
- All the opportunities I’ve been given over the last few years
- The joy of writing
- The ability to put the ideas in my head down on a piece of paper; whether that’s through art, or writing
- The ability to really think about something
- The people who I know are always there for me
- A good understanding of suffering
- The ability to be there for people, and to love on them
This list really could be much longer. Last year I wrote a list that had fifty things, I think. If you’ve got time I would totally encourage you to sit down, and write out a few things that you’re thankful for. It might just be the perspective shift you need (I sure did).