The holidays are rapidly approaching which means life can become jammed packed with added to do lists in order to prepare for the festivities.
For some the holidays represent a time of togetherness, traditions, love, and let us not forget food. For others it represents added stress and aggravation.
Some of us have experienced both sides of the holiday equation and can understand how cynical one can become during this over commercialized time. Maybe its because we can’t afford to lavish our loved ones with the same vigor as those around us.
Perhaps it is because our loved ones are further away and during this time loneliness beats at the door. Or maybe the family dynamic does not fit the argyle wearing smiley face individuals on the commercials that abound during this season.
Regardless of our story, past or present, it is important to embrace the desire God has for us.
Jeremiah 29:11 says,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God yearns for us to be filled with peace and joy.
He guarantees hope and richness for our lives. He promises protection and a future beyond what we can imagine with our limited mind. It may not fit the perfect box we have drawn for Him to fill but if we are open to what God has in store for us He will amaze us.
For some of us we cannot begin to wrap our minds around this thought. It sounds beautiful but not like the reality we are enduring.
Life’s responsibilities and challenges have suffocated the possibilities of a better future. The struggle to provide basic necessity to our family does not allow the birthing of this idea to take place.
We may become angry, resentful, spiteful, and even jealous. This venom may take root and jade the prospect of any happy occasion.
How do we begin to break free of this toxic thinking?
We must begin with a grateful heart.
Be grateful for the shortcomings of the people in our lives because our inadequacies are forgiven. Be grateful for the 3 hubcaps on our car that takes us where we need to go. Be grateful for the leaky roof over our head that provides shelter. Be grateful for the aging shoes on our feet, which provide protection. Be grateful for the season we are in because God is always in control.
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Begin to thank God.
Thank God for all He has provided thus far and all He will continue to provide in the days to come. Thank God for His grace and protection. Thank God for His mercy and His love. Thank God for all the promises that are to come. Thank God for the struggles because from the ashes the strong arise.
Change our perspective.
Remove that stinking thinking and replace it with grateful thinking. As the holiday approaches initiate a new beginning. Commence a life full of peace regardless of your current situation. Start each day grateful for a fresh start. We can’t change what has happened but we can change the part we continue to play.
Each day and even each minute can be a fresh start. It is time to break free of whatever chains hold us captive and it begins with a grateful heart.
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