Approximately three months ago I started a “Journal of Thanksgiving”. I decided I would conclude everyday by thanking God for something out of the ordinary. The purpose of the journal was to truly understand how much I have to be appreciative of and to stop taking things for granted that are not due to me. The experience has been difficult because we have a tendency to overlook so many things that we are afforded from day to day. For example, we often thank God that we are of sound mind. But, how often do we thank Him that He didn’t allow our thoughts to stray? Do we thank Him that our ways and thoughts are not wicked? We thank Him for our limbs working properly. But, do we thank Him when we go a complete day free from any hurt, harm or danger? We are quick to notice a cut or a sprain but, we disregard not having those injuries at the end of the day. We are so grateful for food on the table and clothes on our back. But, how often do we overlook the fact that we probably have a ton of options for both?
The day I decided to start the journal was a result of something most would consider simple. I always start my day with devotion but, this day I was anxiously awaiting an email from a parent. Based on previous conversations with the parent, I was certain her email was going to be sharp and offensive. I started this particular day by checking my email first and to my surprise there was no email from her. I must admit, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I moved into my devotion and upon completing it, I went back to my email. And there in my inbox was the dreaded email I was looking for. The horrific email read, “Ms. Freeman, thank you so much for your response. I appreciate everything you have done to help me get my child started in school. All that you have provided for me has been very helpful and I am happy to say we are off to a great start. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and consideration and I hope you have a wonderful day”. Won’t He do it????!? I stopped and said another prayer and immediately called my husband to tell him of God’s greatness. And, though it probably meant nothing to many that work around me, it was everything for me at that moment.
During this season we have found a multitude of reasons to give thanks. We are truly gracious that God has accepted us with all of our flaws. We are very much aware that we are not deserving of many of our blessings. I have challenged my family to look beyond the obvious and reflect on how God keeps us daily. Will you join us and do the same?
“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.” – Todd Stocker