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Important to be thankful during the good and bad times

Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm

By Ron Schott/The Vandalia Leader

Thanksgiving is a holiday that most Vandalia area residents look forward to.

Most of us get a day off of work and get an opportunity to spend some needed time with family.

We also get a chance to stuff our faces with as much turkey and mashed potatoes we can handle before falling asleep on the recliner. Well, that might just be me.

We also realize we might be eating turkey or ham sandwiches for the next week just to get all of our food eaten.

Most importantly Thanksgiving gives us a break in our daily schedules to pause and be thankful for the things God has blessed us with. These are the same things we take for granted.

We mistakenly believe that our family members will always be here, that our home or apartment will always have a roof on it, and we’ll always have food on our tables.

It’s only in times of trials and tribulations that we get emotional and upset and think the world is crashing in on us. What about the other 364 days when everything was “normal”?

This is why we should be thankful for everything we have. We should never take our next breath of life for granted and should probably curve our lifestyles and bad habits to help ourselves out a bit.

We never know when the “normal” will change and it’s how we adapt to the changes that defines our character. For Christians, Romans 5:3-5 says “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

When the tough times do come, we need to still be thankful and not curse God because something didn’t go the way we thought it should.

Though it might be difficult to see any good coming from a tough situation, we still need to find a way to be thankful. Remember, somebody always has it worse than you do somewhere and God always has a plan.

Perhaps we’re facing a trial or tribulation to grow and learn from it or perhaps we are to help someone else in the future.

In II Corinthians 1:4, the Bible says “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

I’ll get off my soapbox now. The point is be thankful every day for the “normal.” Don’t just wait until November every year to think about the things you might be thankful for. Do this every day and life will be more peaceful.