Thankful Through the Good and Tough

8 Feb

Wow, it’s been an insanely busy week or two. My mind is throbbing from everything. I want to sit down and relax but it’s not so easy to turn off at this time. Some of the cause of this throbbing is pain. I realized today that I should try to be thankful for the tough stuff as well as the good stuff. That’s sometimes easier said than done. It’s not always easy in the midst of a tough situation to say “Thank you Lord for this, I trust you however this turns out.” I’m reminded this evening, though, about what learning curves tough situations are. Quite often we emerge from tough situations with an added layer to our character with an enhanced perspective on things. Generally, during these times, we become stronger in who we are. We’re stretched further than we thought we could possibly be stretched. We stand relieved at the other side that we made it through. It is on this “other side” that we will often thank God for his faithfulness.

Why not join with me and try to do this in the midst of a situation and not after it has occurred?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

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2 Responses to “Thankful Through the Good and Tough”

  1. Jim February 9, 2011 at 22:11 #

    I understand what you’re saying, but I don’t think we’re supposed to be all “Thank you, Sir, may I have another!” ALL the time. There’s plenty of examples in the Bible of people “bitching at God” (for lack of a better term). Some large number of psalms, for instance. And Job.

    So yeah, I’m not saying we get to whine all the time, just saying God is big enough to hear our complaints, too.

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