Gratitude: A Different Perspective

A common theme this time of year, but how do you have a attitude of gratitude if everything in your life seems to be coming apart? How exactly do we “count it all joy” like it says in
James 1:2-4 KJV
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4 KJV
This is something I have personally been grappling with since we were involved in a auto accident in 2005 that left me disabled and bedridden for twelve years. I fully believe, with everything in me that God means what He says in Romans 8:28 NIV.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV

But my human mind and flesh wrestle with how can these “bad” things work for my good?
I have spent the last three years back on my feet, starting a business and beginning to speak, doing what I love and what God called me to do in 2002. I naturally thought the major trials were behind me and I was on my way to serving God in what he called me to do. Then…
On a long weekend trip to visit our children another auto accident, more life altering injuries, and months of down time again!! Can you say frustration to the max? A five car accident, not in anyway our fault, resulting in another five to six months down, another major surgery, and everything I had been working on for the last three years at an abrupt stop again. Count it all JOY, have an attitude of GRATITUDE! I don’t think so!
However, I’m realizing it’s in these times that we have our greatest choices, turn to God or away from Him. Take an assessment of what He has done in our lives and be thankful or angry. Let these trials of all kinds make us better or leave us bitter. The choice is ours and ours alone.
I don’t understand the reasons for the roadblocks, the hardships, or the suffering. I don’t know why in a pile up of five cars on a interstate highway I was the only person injured, but what I do know is I choose to…
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
We receive blessings and hardships in this life. Some of them are small, like getting a green light when you’re running behind, and some of them are big, like being injured repeatedly. The question is, is God really in the small things, as well as the big, in our lives? Sometimes I think so because the timing is so perfect, then other times I look at the suffering and wonder how God could care about the very little things in my life. I can’t give you the perfect answer, but this is the conclusion I’ve come to. I give thanks to God in the little and I give thanks to God in the big blessings, therefore I must also trust Him in the little hardships and the big because…
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV says:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
It’s on this promise I stand and trust!!
Happy Thanksgiving and may you find comfort and a attitude of gratitude no matter your situation today.

Gratitude: A Different Perspective

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