For some things it’s easy to be thankful. Family, friends, God, shelter, warmth, etc. But what about those pesky things that we don’t want to be thankful for? Hmm. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” God doesn’t say to give thanks for the things we like, but EVERYTHING! Just in case you missed I’ll say it again: GIVE THANKS IN EVERYTHING!
Wow! As I reread those words it hit me how ungrateful I can be. Because there are things I don’t want to be thankful for. I don’t want to be thankful for being physically, emotionally and sexually abused as a child. I don’t want to be thankful for having been a drug addict. Oh, I’m thankful that God healed me from drug addiction, that I have over four years clean, but I’m not thankful for the addiction. But I couldn’t be healed and have experienced the grace and love of God without having had the addiction.
So today I’m going to choose to be grateful:
Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you that I was abused as a child. I thank you for my former drug addiction. I thank you for delivering me from that drug addiction. I thank you for all the pain I’ve experienced in my life, because without the pain I wouldn’t have grown into the woman I am today. I know that you love me and that you only want the best for me. So Lord I thank you for it. And Lord, give me the grace to be thankful sooner than later. Amen.