Now is the time of year when most people sit around and began to think of what they are thankful for. Sometimes there are things in life or in the world that make you ponder on what you are thankful for long before the month of November.
As I meet new people, witness new events, and travel to new places I am often reminded of the things I’m thankful for. Most of all, I am thankful for the many blessings God has given me. It is very easy to overlook the little things. However, the little things you have may be the “big things” another person wish they had. Likewise, it is easy to complain about what we do not have. I once heard someone say, each person should think of all that they already have before complaining about what they do not have. Remember that every blessing that you receive is a gift from the Lord above. We would not have much without his love, grace, and almighty power.
Reflecting on my own life, I’m thankful for many blessings. First, I am thankful for life itself, and my current state of good health. I’m thankful for 4 parents (a mother, 2 dads, and a stepmother) who have always pushed me to reach my potential and held me to high standard. I’m thankful for surrounding family members who are always praying for my safety and well-being. I’m thankful for a girlfriend who is prayer partner and gives me a reason to smile even on the toughest of days. I’m thankful for many mentors who are always willing to talk with me and show me the way. I’m thankful for friends to chat with and enjoy great conversation. I give thanks to Lord for the chance to receive a college education and the ability to work towards achieving my goals.
There are so many more things I am thankful for. Yet, many may not have some of those I listed above. Regardless, just the gift of life is something to praise the Lord for. I believe each life is precious and has value. Jesus Christ died and rose for each person on this Earth- regardless of gender, color, last name, or region of the globe. Each new day, each meal, and each opportunity is a gift from our Creator.
This Thanksgiving, think of all the things you are blessed with. Think of all the wonderful people in your life. Think of the blessings that may seem small, like the next breath. Think of the blessings that are large, like the receiving your dream job or buying your dream car. Then, remember that the Lord is the source of everything we have. No matter how simple or complex, big or small; the Lord is the source of everything we have today and all we will receive in the future. Do not just give him thanks in the holiday season. Give the Lord praise continually, ever day of the year, without ceasing. Be thankful for all your many blessings.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” - 1 Chronicles 16
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