Thanksgiving. A time to pause and give thanks to all that we have been given.
Like many of you, I am thankful for countless things. My faith, family, career, health, friends, and the list could go on and on.
We generally give thanks for the blessing in life, but what about the struggles?
I rarely hear a Thanksgiving prayer that includes difficulties, misfortune, and missed opportunities. Those are painful.
No struggle feels good in the moment. When the wounds are fresh. We tend to look away and try to move on to something else.
This year, I challenge you to be thankful for the struggles.
Struggle gives us hope in what is to come.
You have the opportunity to look at difficulties as obstacles, or you can look at them as opportunities.
The missed business opportunity that caused financial difficulties. Instead of running from it, embrace it and learn to better avoid future hardships.
The sick loved one that has caused your family grief. Instead of cursing it, use this as an opportunity to bring your family closer.
The sadness from a broken relationship. Instead of avoiding meeting new people, forgive and move on so you can build new positive relationships.
No struggles are easy. In fact, they can be tremendously painful.
I know it seems hard, but find a way to be thankful them anyway.
I want to leave you with one of my favorite bible verses. Whether or not you are a believer, the message of this scripture will help you in your sufferings.
“We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame.” Romans 5:3–5
I am truly thankful to have you as a reader.
I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.