If You Don’t Feel Thankful on a Thanksgiving Day
Happy Thanksgiving Day to each of you! This holiday is a great reminder to stop ourselves from ongoing busyness, take a deep breath and notice everything that we can be grateful for.
What if instead of feeling grateful, you feel exactly the opposite because you are not really satisfied with how much you have? What if you feel frustrated that your career, ministry or business does not go the way you expected? “How can I be thankful, if I am not where I want to be in life?”, you might ask.
Gratitude for what you already have can make a huge difference in your life. When disciples brought to Jesus five loaves of bread and two fish to feed five thousand hungry people, it was far from enough. But what’s interesting, Jesus did not ask His Father to give more food. What Jesus did was He gave thanks for the little that He had and blessed it. And, bread and fish increased abundantly.
Maybe today you don’t have as much as you would like to, but be grateful to the Lord for what you already have. I personally have experienced an abundant increase in my blessings when I began giving thanks to the Father for everything I had and was able to do. It was incredible to watch how my blessings began increasing! Your life experience, your inner state and generally your life will significantly change if you begin noticing the little things that you have and be grateful for it.
And, look from a different perspective: many don’t have what you have, and many lose what they have. You could have been one of them, right? But, by the grace of God you are not.
If you’re not happy with the little task you have to do or things are not working out the way you expected, just be patient and keep on making every effort to do your job the best you can. Be committed and faithful to the little task and you will be entrusted with bigger. After all, you don’t know where this ‘little job’ might lead you to, do you?
“…you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. ” (Matthew 25:21)
When I look back to where I was and where I began, it makes me smile. I enjoyed working as a public relations person for many years, organizing the fundraiser and expo events, working with sponsors and coordinating volunteers, but it didn’t start there. When I began taking the first steps of establishing my life in California and began volunteering, the very first task I was asked to do was to organize and clean-up the messiest and dirtiest desk I’ve ever seen in my life. I had to swallow my pride and take the task. My decision to appreciate the job I had and do the best I could in every task, ended up with me being hired as soon as I received a permission to work in the USA and then followed with couple more promotions, which ended up with the position of Public Relations.
When I began writing, it wasn’t for important outlets and they were not public articles or blogs. They were personal letters to my brother. I felt quite insecure about my skill to write well, and it seemed like a little task to write letters. But I put all my heart into writing to help my brother. And I faithfully worked on writing for many years. Lord works in mysterious ways – today those letters are published as a book “UNSTOPPABLE. It’s a Choice” and at the San Francisco Book Festival 2018 it was recognized as one of the best books of the Spring.
So, don’t give up on your work or project. Be thankful and faithful to what you have been entrusted to do. You might be surprised to watch where it’s going to lead you next. And, you will be so thankful for it!
As all of us getting ready for the beautiful Thanksgiving Holiday, Anzhelika and I – the team of Becoming Unstoppable – want to wish you a warm and joyous Thanksgiving Day!