Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
Thank you, LaTrice, for giving us the challenge to be grateful. (Pop over to Simply Life Blog 21- Gratitude Challenge if you’d like to take LaTrice’s challenge yourself.) The sad thing is, it is truly a challenge. Gratefulness is not my natural state. Whininess, complaining-ness, glass-half-emptiness – now those things aren’t challenges at all. They flow naturally from my inward being.
But, pessimism is the polar opposite of God’s will for me. God’s will is that I take your challenge and make it my own. And I know He’s in this, because this week in particular, I’ve been rather ungrateful.
God has given me a job. A job I really like. When I first got it, I was brimming with thankfulness. But now, almost a month into it, the euphoria has waned. I’m tired of getting up early. I’m tired of not having as much time to do the things I enjoy … like write. I’m tried of the scheduling conflicts that working full-time has brought to my family. Wah.
I’ve turned into Jen’s sour sponge, without even realizing it. It was such a gradual thing, this build-up of goo in my pores. It is time for a good wringing of my soul.
Thank you, God, for the blessing of this job and the financial relief it has brought my family. Thank you that I enjoy it, that I’m making a difference, that the people I work with affirm me and don’t tear me down. Thank you that my work schedule allows me to be home in the afternoons with my children after school, and that it’s pushed me to teach them skills they will need their whole life – like how to do a load of laundry and clean a toilet, chores which must be done even if mom isn’t home all day to do them. Thank you that I have a husband who has willingly stepped in to fill the gaps – from carpooling to washing dishes. Thank you that he supports me and cheers me on.
You know, LaTrice, you are right. I feel better already.
And that is certainly God’s will for me.