As we gear up for Thanksgiving and spending time with our families, some of us are stressing over preparations, some may be super excited because they love family gatherings while others may be dreading being in close knit quarters with certain family members, and some may be wondering what in the world they could even be thankful for. I simply want to remind everyone, myself included, that no matter the situation you find yourself in currently, there is always something to be thankful for.
For starters, God blessed us with another day to make a difference. Some of us may start a larger ripple impacting many at one time while others may start a ripple impacting one at a time. In either case, if our actions are love and kindness, the ripples will continue outwardly and will be effective even if only in the slightest of ways.
Sometimes, I forget what life is really about and sometimes I’m selfish with my thoughts and actions. Because of my imperfections, I am so thankful for a loving God who even on my worst days will still work through me and make something beautiful out of my hott messes. We all know that in most cases, we won’t understand why we are going through or have been through certain situations. Looking back on certain situations from my own past, I can look at them now with a different perspective. I am so thankful for seeing a glimpse of understanding in certain past events. Recently an opportunity arose in which I was able to share the love of Christ and further instill His peace and comfort because of a devastating loss that connected myself with another. I won’t say that I went through something just to be able to empathize with another, nor will I say that is the reasoning behind their current situation, but I will say that out of every situation God chooses to make something beautiful. With that being said, remember this: if you are in the muck right now, know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose [Romans 8:28].
Take a moment this holiday season and be a blessing to someone around you. A hot cup of coffee and a conversation can impact someone on the same level as donating a turkey. Don’t ever think that what you have to offer isn’t big enough because God was the One who invented multiplication.
I pray that you keep your faith, remain hopeful, and be thankful throughout this holiday season.
With love in Christ,
Even If – MercyMe