Have you ever felt upset with the life you're living? You wish you had more to be happy about? You feel like you go each day with worries and you often have no motivation to get up each day. You're tired of the same schedule. Tired of the same people. Tired of the stress. Sometimes you're tired of living in general.
This time of year is often a joyful time of year that brings cheer to many people, but maybe you aren't feeling it this year. Maybe you can't find the joy within you to be happy and feel thankful for what you have. But being thankful is not based on what this life offers us. It's not based on a feeling or how much we have. Thankfulness is something we choose to possess. I find it really hard to be thankful with the life God has given me. I tend to look at the negatives and see all the hurt and pain instead. How many times I forget to look at all God has given me.
This Thanksgiving maybe you are dealing with loss. Maybe you are grieving. Maybe you feel lost. Maybe you feel lonely. Stressed. Worried. Unloved. Whatever you may be going through know that the struggles and pain you're facing is growing you. You may think it's hurting you- but it's really testing your character and showing you what you are made of. Take the time this week to look at your life and see beyond the negatives that you often see so clearly. It's easy to look at the negatives, but often the positives are hidden deep beneath and we just need to do a little searching.
Often I like to look to the past and see how God has provided and the ways He has worked things in my life. It may have been hard and foggy at the time, but looking back now I can see just how much it was worth it and how He worked. It's hard to choose to be thankful when it doesn't seem to come naturally, but when we look for things to be thankful for it may just help give you hope and comfort in the midst of the dark trial you are in. Being thankful doesn't always mean you have to be happy, but it means showing appreciation for what you do have and not wanting more.
So even if all you feel is sadness and anxiety this Thanksgiving, try to find a few things that you are thankful for. How has God shown His love to you? How has He provided? What people in your life are you blessed by? It may seem like there aren't as many positives as the negatives, but even the smallest things can mean so much. Even just focusing on some good things in your life can change your outlook. Being positive and thankful allows us to feel better and not get so caught up in the things that always go wrong. And know that even the things you think are negatives in your life can be used for good even though you may not see it now.
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