The month of October was one for the books… 4 large shows, thousands of miles, more fast food than we would like to admit, but stronger friendships, lessons learned, and more memories than one could even imagine… I started writing this as I left Kansas City, three weeks ago, and have just kind of sat on it for all of this time. I guess you could say I have so many thoughts, and I haven’t been quite sure how to compile them all together, so here goes nothing.
Life is an ever changing thing, the older I get, the more I realize just how hard life can be, especially when you’re a sentimental person, such as myself. Life is filled with uncertainties, trials, tribulations, death, and so many other hard times, yet it is also filled with such joy, many blessings, life, and new opportunities every day. While life is a constant roller coaster, it is also a learning process, one that God didn’t intend to be easy, but one that actually proves to be difficult. I think that might be the most beautiful part of this life though, we are constantly faced with choices, hardships, and changing directions, yet, God believes enough in each of us to give us the opportunity to make our own move.
While in church Sunday evening, Warren began by discussing what this season is, and why we celebrate Thanksgiving. He expressed his wish that we would not only spend this month in thankfulness, but everyday of every year. He then asked each of us to go around the sanctuary and say something we were all thankful for. As each person told of the things they were thankful for, we all reminisced on the year. You see, our church is a small congregation of lifelong friends and distant relatives, so when life’s struggles come along, we all know because we are a close knit family… We struggle together, we pray together, and more importantly we support each other through the good times and bad. When it came my turn that is what I was most thankful for, was our family, not only my parents and grandparents, but the souls who lined our church pews.
Through the week I have thought about Warrens comment of being thankful year round, not just during this seasonal reminder time, but every single day. I once read a quote that said something like “What if you woke with only what you thanked God for yesterday. What would you be left with.” Now to me, that was convicting, because I could go back and think on what I had prayed for, but I didn’t thank God for all of the daily blessings he surrounds us with. 1 Chronicles 16:34 states “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
A version of “Be Thankful” or “Give Thanks” is used 385 times in the bible, yet why is it something that we over look so easily? I believe we over look what should be one of the most important things, because we simply get caught in the middle of this so called life and all of its adversities. I am one who can easily drown in their sorrows, I let things impact me in ways that they shouldn’t yet, all I should do is look up, and realize that it is all a piece of His greater plan.
I’ll leave you with a challenge. I challenge each of you who read this to spend a couple of moment each day thanking God for what he has blessed you with, sometimes it’s as small as a Chick-Fil-A being on your side of the road and not having to turn across three lane of traffic(can I get an Amen!?), other times it could be as big as a financial burden being lifted off our shoulders at the right time. Whatever it is, let’s find it, and thank God for his every day big and small blessings. Happy Thanksgiving, friends! May your holiday weekend be spent with your loved ones, family, and friends.