This month of November I decided to take part in what a lot of social media users do this time of year. Each day of the month, you post one thing you’re thankful for. Just one thing. Sounds pretty simple, right? Actually, it was a lot harder than I thought. Some days it was easy to think of something to post. Other days, usually the bad days, it was very difficult to think of something I was thankful for. I only took on this challenge for a few, short weeks. Why was it so hard to come up with something I was thankful for?
The majority of us are blessed with cars to drive us wherever we need to go, whenever we want. We have a roof over our heads, beds to sleep in at night, more clothes than we need, big screen TVs, 3D TVs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, iPhones, need I go on? To put it simply, we’re spoiled. When our TV stops working, no problem, you run to town and buy an even better one. We have an event coming up? Why look in our own closet? Shopping spree anyone? It’s become second nature to us to take and take and take. There’s not much we can’t get our hands on. So why be thankful for any of it? Like I said, if it breaks, just buy something better.
We take all that we have for granted, even the little things. There are people in this world that don’t have the best phones, the most in style clothes. There are some that don’t even have a warm bed, food on the table, running water, or a place to call home. You know, every time I hear someone speak after they have been working in a Third World country, they always talk about how happy the people are. They don’t have McDonald’s or Burger King, they have to grow their own food in order to survive. They don’t have smartphones or Netflix for entertainment. They sleep on cold, hard floors, not a king size, cozy bed. And yet, they smile; they laugh, and have positive outlooks on life. Our worst day is probably their best day. And we’re the ones who feel it is okay to complain about every little thing. If anyone has the right to complain, it certainly isn’t one of us.
We have so much to be thankful and appreciative for, numerous, countless blessings. We should not only be thankful during the month of November, just because it’s the month of Thanksgiving. Be thankful each and every day that we woke up this morning, that we’re blessed with friends and family who love us, that we are children of God who sent His one and only son to die for every single one of us. Be thankful that we are given another day to worship and praise Him, another opportunity to spread His word, another chance to make our lives right with Him. We wouldn’t have any of this if it wasn’t for Him. If we want to live happier, more upbeat lives, it must start with the One who gave it to us.
“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18