Vintage Clip art thanks to Karen
With all the brilliant posts out there about Thanksgiving, I'll be honest, I hesitate to even write one. Don't get me wrong. I have PLENTY to be thankful for, and having lived overseas for the past four years, I'm more aware than ever how tremendously blessed we are in this country (that's another post).
Some things are easy to be thankful for, and even seem quite obvious.
- I have peace and joy thanks to Jesus.
- There's my husband who brought me flowers yesterday just because he's thankful that I'm his wife.
- There's Darling Little Redhead who ran around the living room for 20 minutes this morning singing, "Clean up, clean up, everybody do your part" without any prompting from me.
- And then there's El Principito who smiles more than any baby I've ever seen.
- Add to that the chance to be HERE with my extended family this year...and my heart is full.
For me, it all boils down to PERSPECTIVE. Am I willing to discipline my mind and look at things from a different perspective? Am I willing to:
- See that another sink full of dishes means that my family has more than enough to eat?
- Smile with joy that Darling Little Redhead knows how to happily entertain himself with his train set and leaves me reminders (fingerprints)?
- Praise God that a fractured relationship draws me closer to him and teaches me how to pray?
- Acknowledge that the pain of loss heightens my ability to feel others' hurts and gives me new insight into how to bless them in the midst of their grief?
- Recognize that my inability to buy "things" that I want is a chance for my creativity and ingenuity to come alive?
Right now, I am having to discipline my mind to be thankful that I don't have a permanent house here on earth. I sometimes lament that we have lived in eight different locations in our six years of marriage (and are likely moving two more times before our seventh anniversary). I wish I could decorate to my hearts content and just tweak things over the years instead of starting over every year and making do.
But when I change my PERSPECTIVE, I can thank God that I've had a chance to travel the world and meet so many wonderful, inspiring people. I can thank God that I have this lifestyle because I choose it, not because I am a refugee. And ultimately, I can thank God that I have a forever home - and I'm not just talking about heaven, I'm talking about HIM being my daily home (Ps. 90:1).
Now here's my challenge to you today - Discipline your mind to find another perspective and choose thankfulness. Won't you purpose to do these two things?
- Identify something in your life that that regularly bothers you or causes you to fuss and complain.
- Create a THANKFUL phrase to speak back next time it's filling your mind with discontentment or discouragement!