“Be Thankful For Who You Are”

There is power in the attitude of gratitude.
There is power in the attitude of gratitude.

This Thanksgiving season, do something different! In addition to being thankful for the turkey, macaroni and cheese, cornbread dressing, dinner rolls, hot peach cobbler and family fellowship, take time to be grateful for all that God has done in your life. Think about what He is doing in your life to mold you into the woman that He called you to be! In other words, take time to be thankful for who you are in Christ. It’s time to stop worrying about what’s not done and appreciate what He has accomplished through you. If you reflect, you may be able to see moments in your life when you knew that, without supernatural help, you would have never made it through. What about the times when you shouted a huge, “Hallelujah!” because He moved in such a powerful way?

Here’s an idea! Write a letter to God telling Him how thankful you are for His help, provision, favor, grace, mercy and love. Journal what He has done for you throughout the past months. Write a list of answered prayers of how He has transformed your life for the better. Maybe, if you sat down to think about it, you might have more to be thankful for than you thought.

This would also be a great way to show your appreciation. First Thessalonians 5:18 says: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” So no matter where you are in this season of your life, give thanks for everything. The good, the bad, and the ugly. This is His will. And while you’re at it, remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made according to Psalm 139:14.

So, the next time you look into the mirror as you are getting ready for work, an outing, or church, speak life into what you see. In fact, take a “God Look at Yourself” as Wendy Treat talks about in her book, because He sees beauty. He sees life. He sees His creation. He sees the final product. He sees you.

As you go through this life, even after Thanksgiving, go through it thankfully…not complaining. Appreciate the small victories and celebrate the big ones, too! Be grateful for your growth and look forward to even more. Don’t despise humble beginnings. Know that He makes all things beautiful in His time. Embrace who you are and be thankful!