Benjamin Robinson preached a message yesterday about thankfulness. My main takeaway from that sermon was that we tend to focus on what God hasn’t done instead of thanking Him for what he has done. In the moment, I was convicted – guilty as charged.
But today those words really showed their teeth. I had a moment where I felt the gravity of every deficiency and challenge in my life at this moment – and there are quite a few! I noticed that there’s a pattern to how I approach these trials:
"No problem. This is manageable." "Suck it up and power through this." "This has to end soon, right?" "I don't know how much more of this I can take." "If things don't get better I'm going to go off." "God, why?"
With each stage I tend to become less and less aware of everything good in my life. Instead, I become more and more aware of the pain, the size of the obstacle, and how incapable I feel to do anything about it. In other words, I very quickly lose sight of what is right in order to focus on what is wrong.
So after a quick prayer, I decided to write a few things that I’m thankful for.
- I’m able to pursue my dream of entrepreneurship. The challenges that I’m facing in it right now are the very reasons that I signed up to do it in the first place.
- I have family and friends that love me and support me. They never doubt my success on the other side of risk or challenge.
- I’m in great health and have a newfound enjoyment for vigorous exercise, running, and biking.
- God continues to draw me near to Him and constantly reminds me that I’m His son even when I don’t act like it. I cannot overstate this: His love rescues me daily.
- I’m thankful that I am still inspired to move forward and take risks. I just can’t bow to the shadows of fear and complacency. I love waking up excited to take on the day!
I’m on this adventure of life with God. It wouldn’t be much of an adventure without some unexpected turns. Fortunately for me, I’m loved and there is no fear in love. Unfortunately for my obstacles, I’m coming for them again tomorrow.