Are you thankful when things aren’t going your way?
When bad things happen to me, I get upset and sometimes I don’t make it a priority to go to God for guidance. We are reaching the holiday season and this is the time that we see so many people post about the things that they are thankful for. Social media gets bombarded by everyone about the good things that have happened to them over the course of the year. We really don’t ever see the events that lead up to these people being blessed.
Sometimes it is bad things that trigger the best blessings.
This year has been a difficult year for our family. Emotionally, it has been tough. In May, we lost a cousin in a tragic accident. The life of a great kid taken from the earth and placed into Heaven at a young age. One the way home that week to the funeral, we were clipped by a semi-truck which caused us to hit a culvert and total our truck. A few months later, Ashley’s amazing mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and now takes treatments each day to help remediate the growth of cancer. This year has just been very tough for our family.
When bad things happen, we often times are frustrated with all of the events. Yes, we blame God and we are angry with Him. At the moment, we do not understand and in some cases, we may never understand. We must have our faith that God has His plan.
The events that we have been through were tough. But I am blessed to have gone through each one of these scenarios. Since the first one, I have changed my attitude about life. I realized that life is short, things happen, and at the blink of an eye it can be over. I have been a faithful Christian for years now but it took something like those events to slap me in the face and get me back on track with Christ. I try my best to help Ashley with everything that I use to not help her with. I try to help friends out more when they need help. I am also more involved and ready to serve in the church and help others get to Heaven.
God has blessed me. I thank God for putting me through these events. It has made me a stronger Christian, father, and husband. Yes, if I had the choice, I would rather none of them have happened but God guided us through these events and help build our faith and love for Him more.
Thank you, God, for showing us the way. If you are struggling with tragedy, it can be difficult to put all of your faith in Christ but you must do it. We must know that He is the only one that can heal our burdens. We must give it all to Him.
God is Good.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.