3 Often Overlooked Things We Should Be Thankful For

Everyday I watch the sun set, and every day I know that when I wake up in the morning, It’s going to rise exactly the same. I know it: every single day. So sometimes I get in this habit where I believe everything is how it’s supposed to go, so it would be wrong and out of place for it not to happen. I so very often take for granted the simple pleasures that I get that some people would die for. We live in a country that gets a lot, not that we don’t work for it all, but we do have more opportunities than other people do. But because this is all we’ve ever known, it becomes a standard of life, but in actuality, it’s a very idealistic world view. I don’t think there’s anything specific that we need to do because of this, but we need to understand that not everyone gets to live the way we do and we should thank God everyday for getting to.

3 Often Overlooked Things We Should Be Thankful For:

I know when I wake up I can choose what to wear. I know I can choose my job and my house and who I marry. I know all these things, but I forget to be thankful for choice. I am so thankful that I live in a country that I get to choose pretty much everything about my life, but it hasn’t always been like this. Even though I believe choice is great, only about 4 billion people in the world get to live under a democracy. That means over half the world doesn’t get a choice and a good portion of them don’t believe they should. Again, I don’t think there’s anything specific we should do about this, but I know we have to understand that someone made a choice to allow us to make choices. Interpret that the way you would like but here are the two people that did that for me: anyone that has served for my country and Jesus. Those two people allow me to live freely and have a choice. Jesus showed us that we do matter and He has great plans for us when we choose to follow Him.

One thing about choice is that we all choose differently, which makes our lives different. From the very very first moment of choice, when Eve ate the apple and Adam chose to take a bite too, we messed up. We made the wrong choice. (Thank God He forgives us.) But our weaknesses are what we should we thankful for. Imagine a world of perfection. Ultimate perfection, where we never sinned, never messed up, we are perfect. We would have no reason for a God. We wouldn’t be children walking to the Kingdom. We wouldn’t be lost sheep looking for a shepherd. We would be our own god. So I am thankful for my weaknesses because in my weaknesses I see my need for God, and my need to glorify Him in everything. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul even says, “ ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Our weaknesses show our need for a Savior and in that, I rejoice.

This next thing is often overlooked because we don't really follow it. I am very thankful for a purpose. When Jesus left this world, He didn’t just say, “Hey, it’s been fun, but I’m off to heaven now. Save yourselves so you can see me for eternity. Have a good rest of your life.” (I’m so glad He didn’t say that.) Jesus left His Disciples and us a mission. A mission that, if not fulfilled, I would not be sitting here writing about Jesus. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” So we have been commanded to fulfill a purpose. I see so many people walking around blind, they don’t know what to do with their lives- not just job wise but who they want to be- and all I want to do is point to that verse and tell them their command. I’m thankful that I’ve been saved by grace and been given a mission to live out.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to do a Thanksgiving based post, but I didn’t want it to be basic at all. I hope you liked this, and you can remember all this information that we often overlook. This is also a collab post with the amazing @lover_of_the_word on Instagram. Make sure you check out her post here where she discusses the best ways to make the most of Thanksgiving. Have an amazing Thanksgiving!

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