When We Won’t Need Thanksgiving Anymore

I think it’s interesting that we have a season and, specifically, a day: Thanksgiving, set aside to turn our minds toward being grateful. I guess sometimes thankfulness doesn’t come easy.

Like the day my car conked out right on the other side of the Chick-fil-A drive-thru, infuriating hungry people who couldn’t get their food into their mouths fast enough, because they couldn’t get past my car. Honking horns and dirty looks!

I guess they were HANGRY!

But the Bible commands us to be thankful in all things and in all circumstances even the hard ones.

“Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I think we can all agree with the Bible when it tells us that God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His ways are higher than our ways. (Isaiah 55:9)

His narrative is:

We have to be last to be first.

We have to die to self in order to live.

God’s thoughts and ways are counter-intuitive to our human logic because He is sinless and selfless. And because of God’s selfless act of sending His Son to die on a cross to save us from our sinful acts, we can choose to have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)

When we do, the perspective on our circumstances change.

Every year, I write out a list of what this kind of thankfulness looks like to me. This year, as I am continuing to learn how to  surrender to God’s will,  I’ve added a few more perspective changes to my list:

This year…

I’m thankful for the tooth I cracked because, with God’s help, I overcame my fear of going to the dentist and having it crowned.

I’m thankful for my car breaking down in the middle of the Chick-fil-A drive through, because it taught me that impatience breeds impatience, but kindness opens the door for mercy.

I’m thankful for dirty dishes and stinky laundry, because it reminds me I have food to eat and clothes wear.

I’m thankful when I can’t sleep, because it gives me a quiet space to pray.

I’m thankful for deadlines, because they teach me the discipline of time management.

I am thankful for regrets, because they remind me to seize God-given opportunities.

I am thankful for the problems that I can’t solve, because they bring me to my knees before my Heavenly Father.

I am thankful for humiliation, because it strips me of pridefulness.

I am thankful for the ability to laugh at myself, and laugh hard, because it keeps me from being too serious.

I am thankful for struggles, because they help me reach forward toward my full potential.

I am thankful for my weaknesses, because, in them, God shows me His strength.

I am thankful for hurt feelings, because, through them, I am better able to comfort others who have been in similar situations.

I am thankful for conviction, because it brings me to repentance.

I am thankful for my failures, because that’s how I learn to succeed.

I am thankful in grief, because God is close to a broken heart.

I am thankful for the scars of past sins, because they remind me not to go there again.

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On this side of heaven, we will never fully view this life from the angle God does. But as we pray and study His Word, learning to trust Him–truly trust Him–we can begin to see how His ways actually make sense, and then thankfulness in everything will come as naturally as taking a breath.

And when this happens, we won’t need a “special” day to turn our minds to giving thanks anymore, because everyday will be Thanksgiving. With that being said, however, we will still need a special day to have an excuse to over eat!  Amen?

Hope you have a happy, joy-filled Thanksgiving.


Christy Mobley{This article was written by Christy Mobley. Christy is a girly girl at heart. She has a passion for fashion and decorating which is to say, she loves to shop and move things around her house. She chases tennis balls for recreation and enjoys scavenging the beach for shark teeth. She and husband David of 32 years, are life group leaders and have been at Chets from it’s earliest beginnings. They have two adult sons and two daughter-in-laws. Christy loves sharing God’s Word through writing, speaking and teaching. Check out her personal blog at www.christymobley.com.}