It’s November ya’ll! I can’t believe we are approaching the holiday season so soon. This year has been a year on ups and downs…but mostly ups. I’ve learned to live…in Him…laugh…at the enemy…and love…just to love. I started a new job. I started singing again. I built new relationships with amazing friends. There is just so much to be thankful for.
I’ve never been good at the whole 30 days of thankfulness on social media. I usually start late or forget a couple days. I don’t mean to bash anyone that does it; however, we should be this thankful every single day of the year. If we made it our mission to post what we are thankful for every day, our blessings would noticeably take over our burdens.
I started a new job this year in working not only with lower income and less fortunate families, but families that are dealing with tough situations. It was an absolute eye opener and made me realize how selfish and inconsiderate I can be sometimes.
Some families in our community have NOTHING. Parents are sleeping on floors to let their children sleep on the only bed they have. Kids are going to school hungry. Some families are struggling with illnesses and parents are doing without medication to be able to put food on the table. It is a very real truth here in the Texas panhandle. Although many families in our community struggle for very different reasons I have found one thing they all have in common…they are THANKFUL for what they do have.
I have yet to meet a family that is bitter because of the situation they are going through. I always sense a speck of HOPE and GRATITUDE. I can’t help but think…Gosh, I’m such a horrible person. I have a home. I have a healthy family. I have food. I have a job. I have transportation. I have so much more than I could ever need…but yet sometimes I so easily let the enemy get in the way of my gratitude. That, my friend, is a sad situation.
In a season when it is socially acceptable to want…want…and want some more, I’m challenging myself to make it my priority to be excessively grateful for the life God has blessed me with. I encourage you to do the same. I know it will not only bless you but also bless any who witness your gratitude. I also encourage you to give a little more, not only material donations but give your time and share the love that Christ has shared with you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.