Ah, Thanksgiving…It truly is one of my favorite holidays. Maybe because it comes after one of my least favorite holidays – Halloween! But Thanksgiving gives me a chance to visit with and enjoy my family without the chaos often associated with the gift-giving that so many of us do in December.
As I thought about what I’m most thankful for, many things immediately came to my mind. There were some obvious reasons to be thankful – my family, my beautiful children, my health, my job, Purdy-McGuire. But there are always reasons to be thankful that aren’t so obvious. Think about the prayers we thought were unanswered or we didn’t get the answer we thought we wanted: you don’t get the promotion you thought you wanted, but learn instead that there’s a lot of growth available in your current position that will help satiate your appetite for professional growth; the new project your firm doesn’t get – but it works out to be for the best because a new opportunity comes along “out of the blue” that you do win, and had you won the other, you would have been overcommitted.
The bottom line is that thankfulness is a way of life – not just something we remember to do at the end of November. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will…” This week and the future weeks to come, I hope that we can give thanks in all circumstances.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.