Ever So Thankful I Believe
Don't get me wrong here. I don't necessarily go visit God on Sunday, but we talk daily. I feel sometimes I need to stop and be grateful for all He has done for me. Everything that has happened to me. I think most people believe in only thanking God for the good stuff. Oh, they will thank him for a closer parking spot, the light staying green, one more of whatever they were going to purchase is still there, promotions, people...the list could go on.
But did you know we should be thankful for the bad/negative things that happen? What the what? Yes, even in those times, you should give thanks and be grateful. Remember: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I also believe that you do not have to give thanks right away for it either, nor could you. Sympathy and stress have a way of overtaking us; understandable. But please, at some point, look back in your life and give thanks for those events as well.
So in the spirit of gratitude on this Sunday, I am giving thanks to my bad, ickiness that has happened to me. Without it, I would not have grown into the person I am today. Everything truly does have a reason. Just still trying to figure it all out.
I am only doing 5 because who wants to read a super long post that can go on for miles about ickiness!
1. My divorce. It brought me closer to my family, plus I continued my education (all the way to Master's baby), moved to Texas, became a strong independent woman, which I believe all brought me to meeting LT.
2. Being fired from a job. I would have probably stayed at that job and others like it, not moving up into a career, but just getting by with a job.
3. Daddy's cancer. This is a tough one because it is still so fresh. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and has been cancer free for 2 years. But going through this has brought my family closer. It has allowed my parents the grace to ask for help, and it has made me grateful for my parents and all they have done for me. I believe his cancer is also preparing me for the future of whatever may be.
4. Any failure, big or small, I have endured. I know it has made me a stronger person, confident in my abilities and determination to do/be better.
5. Perfectionism. Oh mylanta. This is a biggie for me. I am learning, though, I am not perfect and I will never be perfect and it is ok. To be perfect you are automatically setting your self up for failure. I am learning to be me and release the stress of trying to be an ideal person. Our flaws and imperfections are what makes us who we are. It makes us unique. I am ever so thankful I am learning this and grateful I have the opportunity to learn this because it will make my future that much richer and happier.
See...terrible things happen. Show gratitude in all things.