When people think of the month of November, they automatically think of Thanksgiving. So naturally (and very cliché-ly) I chose thankfulness as my word for November. I know we are more than halfway done with the month of November, but in all honestly it has taken me this long to decide on a word for this month. I’ve gone back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to be uber cliché and cheesy and write a blog post about Thanksgiving/being thankful. So I finally sucked it up, got over myself (and maybe gave in to the prompting of the Holy Spirit), and decided to write about thankfulness.
Here we go. Because I am very predictable and love consistency, I am going to start with a good old-fashioned definition!
thank•ful: (adjective) glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc.; or, relating to, or expressing thanks
Living in America, being a twenty something millennial with a job and a place to live, and having a family who loves me and supports me in everything I do, I have tons and tons to be thankful for. But expressing gratitude and thankfulness is not something I am great at. I wish my natural instinct when something good happens is to immediately turn to God with thanksgiving and praise, but honestly, it’s not. It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in the bad in my life and completely forget to acknowledge and thank God for the good in my life. This season of my life has not been an easy or a fun one, but instead of wallowing and dreading this time, I should look at what the Lord has been teaching me– look for the good in what has felt so bad. I want to look back on this season of my life and think, despite the hard times, “Wow, God was clearly at work in my life and molding me to be more like Jesus.”
So I am going to embrace the cliché and the cheesy and turn to God with thanksgiving and praise. I am going to praise my Creator, Sustainer, Provider, and Savior for who He is and for all that He has done. Not for my glory, but for His.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18