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Thankful… for the good, the bad, and everything in between

I think there are so many things in life (especially for those of us in the US) that we often take for granted. Too often we forget how fortunate we really are. We let the stresses of our current circumstances blind us from all the other things that are going just fine. I’m slowly beginning to learn to really take things one day at a time. After all, we’re not promised tomorrow so today may be all we really have. Now I’m not saying don’t plan for the future or that bad circumstances aren’t something that sometimes need to be on the forefront of our thoughts. Planning for the future is a good practice indeed and we’ve all been in situations where that one thing is by far the most important thing to deal with at that moment. However, to let these things rob us of remembering all the other things in life we should be thankful for is cheating ourselves out of the joy that every new day brings.

Recently, I had to deal with a pretty difficult moving situation. We had viewed a condo, loved it and set plans in motion to move. Had things pretty much packed, had given our apt notice, had the moving truck rented and was ready to go. The day before we were going to be moving, I received a call that the individual who we were going to be renting from had decided to accept an offer to sell the condo. Needless to say the next morning was a bit stressful as we picked up the moving truck and proceeded to load it up without know where we were going. Thankfully, I knew that even though I had no idea any of this was going to happen and had no clue where we would be moving to; what I did know is that God knew about every bit of this all along. I had to remind myself of this throughout the day and focused on the truth that He has always taken care of us and provided for us. Long story short, we ended up getting moved just fine (with many thanks to our friends and family that helped) and wound up in a better place than the condo. As always God provided exactly what we needed when we needed it.

I think so often we feel that God hasn’t provided for us in certain areas of our life simply because things didn’t go as we planned. Perhaps it’s because we focus on our own plans and our barometer for success is based upon our own criteria. Instead we should focus on God’s plans for us. He knows us better than we know ourselves and gives us what we need; which is not always what we want and not always what we deserve, but it is what we need. If there’s one thing I’ve learned time and time again, it’s this. That what we need is ultimately always better than what we want even when it doesn’t look that way.

One Responseto “Thankful… for the good, the bad, and everything in between”

  1. Jennifer Burton says:

    well said, my love! 🙂 So true.

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