November, and especially Thanksgiving Day, are times when we traditionally pause and give God thanks for all the good things in our lives.
- I’d like to offer a challenge to give thanks for other things in your lives this year:
Give thanks for people who cut you off while you’re driving, especially if you’re driving in the construction zone of the expressway.
- Give thanks for people who make you uncomfortable by asking for something, whether that thing is your time, your talents, or your treasure.
- Give thanks for times when you are embarrassed, or imperfect, or when you make mistakes.
- Give thanks for times when you are in an argument with a loved one, are sure you’re in the right, and then come to realize that you were actually in the wrong.
- Give thanks for times when you would like to buy or do something, but are unable to.
- Give thanks for those times when you do not feel like praying or going to Church, but you do so anyway.
- Give thanks when physical illness forces you to stay home, stay in bed, or go to the doctor.
Why give thanks for these situations? Because they help us practice patience, generosity, humility, love, forgiveness, kindness, temperance, perseverance, and prayer. They help us practice some of the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude) and some of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
So many times we forget that everything in our lives can teach us, mold us, and lead us further into the mystery of Jesus’ life, passion, death and resurrection. This thanksgiving, let us stretch our definition of “giving thanks” to include every part of our lives.
Blessings & Peace,