Be Thankful for You: Appreciate the VIP in your life!
It’s easy to get caught up in everything around you. Oftentimes, you forget to sit back and be thankful for someone who is equally, if not more, important than everything going on around you: you. On Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, I had the awesome privilege of attending a banquet hosted by the women’s ministry of my church. The theme was “A Woman of Excellence.” Every woman was given a sachet of various items, each having a different meaning. One of the items was a mirror. It represented what we should see when we look in it. We should see beauty. We were instructed by the host to look in the mirror and stare at ourselves for a few moments. We were instructed to repeat these words, “I am beautiful.” It was a refreshing experience.
The next time you look in a mirror, repeat these words and mean it, “I am beautiful.” You are beautiful, and you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
Another item in the sachet was sandpaper. It represented removing some of the things in our character and our lives that hinder us from being the women God called each of us to be. We were instructed to write on pieces of white paper (also in the sachet) the things we wanted to let go of. Written on my paper was fear. Maybe you want more faith, you want to let go of fear, or you need to be more forgiving. Whatever it may be, if you let Him, God will sand you and refine you. In the end, you will be like Job and come forth as pure gold.
On Thanksgiving, families and friends will gather around a table with good food, homemade drinks, and heartfelt laughter. Women, men and youth will flood churches at their Thanksgiving services, offering well-deserved thanks and praise unto God.
No matter what activities happen in your day, find a corner or an empty room, or drive to a nearby park or beach. Spend some time, even for a few moments, giving thanks for the woman you are. Give thanks for your inner and outer beauty, your characteristics, and your vision. Give thanks for where you are headed in this life.
Lisa Aspinwall, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, suggests that grateful people may be more likely to cope better with stress and daily challenges and feel happier and more optimistic. It pays to give thanks. Give thanks for you! Every day, pause to celebrate you because you are a phenomenal woman! You are a woman of excellence!