Truly Thankful?

27 Nov

In the light of the Thanksgiving season I have found myself pondering what it means to be really thankful. We are told in His Word that we are to give thanks  in everything because that is the will of God for us (I Thess. 5:18).

I think we can all agree it is super easy to be thankful for all the good things that come our way. Those of us who know Christ are extremely thankful for the redeeming work of the cross. We are grateful that God would in His great mercy sacrifice so much to save us. And we are grateful that he continues to bless us. We are reminded in Psalms that we should praise Him because He “daily loadeth us with benefits” (Ps 68:19).

It’s easy to think of the good things when I think about how he daily loads me with benefits. He has allowed both my husband and I to work for a great church. He takes care of all of our needs. He has given me two of the greatest little girls. I have some of the best family and friends a girl could ask for. My husband is entirely too good to me. It’s easy to be thankful for all these things because I can see the benefits behind them.

I have to admit, though, sometimes it’s not so easy to be thankful for the things I don’t think are so good. I can’t understand why I would have to have two muscle biopsies–spending way more money than I should have, missing time with my family that I should not have had to miss, falling behind at work unnecessarily, having to deal with pain and recovery twice–all because some doctor didn’t get right the first time. And since I am being honest, I can’t even really understand why I would have muscular dystrophy and have ongoing struggles like this in the first place.

But I am comforted by the two verses I’ve shared. God did not give any qualifications when He told us He loads us daily with benefits. He did not give any caveats when He told us to give thanks in everything. He didn’t tells us what the benefits would be and He didn’t give us any exception clause for things that we didn’t have to thank Him for.

So, I read these verses and know that each day He is loading me down with benefits. And even if I don’t understand how something that happens to me could possibly be  beneficial for me, I trust that He sees the big picture and He is working all things to be of great benefit to me. And though I don’t understand the reason behind the struggles, in trusting obedience I can thank Him for them. You see, I don’t need to understand to give thanks. I don’t need to know the why to thank God for things. He didn’t tell me to give thanks once I have understood. He simply told me to give thanks.

So, in my feeble human attempt in this Thanksgiving season and by God’s grace in everything, I say “thank You” to the One who freely gives us all things. Thank You Lord for all the good you give me. And thank You Lord even for those things in my life I find it more difficult to be thankful for. I trust You in the good and in the bad.

3 Responses to “Truly Thankful?”

  1. Austin November 27, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    keep it up. proud of you

  2. amber January 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    Hey Kelli- would love to see some more posts soon about what God is doing in your life. Love you, friend!

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  1. Choosing Thankfulness | All Things Bright and Beautiful - November 27, 2013

    […] Wow, looks like me and my friend Kelli were thinking the same thing today–even shared one of the same verses! I didn’t see hers until my draft was finished. Anyway….She says it much better than me here.  […]

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