I have made a tradition of posting 5 days of being thankful the week of Thanksgiving. I want to continue that tradition, but in a little bit different way. This year, I am going to write about times when I struggle being thankful. Don’t worry. This won’t be a negative week. I will also share what God has taught me about being thankful when it is hard.
Today I want to start with James 1:2 “My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials”.
I definitely struggle counting trials joy. They hurt; they are uncomfortable; they are not easy to navigate. I prefer what I know and understand. Trials are territory that I do not know. However, God tells us to “consider it nothing but joy”. How do I go from the struggle to joy? By looking at what James 1 tells us next. Verses 3-4 say, “because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything.” We can’t always see the benefit of the trial while we are going through it. However, God has promised that our trials will help to perfect us. God always keeps His promises. Read His word and talk to Him (pray). You will see God’s faithfulness.
When I struggle with difficulties, I remember what God has said in His word and look back at how He has fulfilled that in my life. That thinking draws me closer Christ and helps me think about how I can be thankful.
God is so good.