SPOTLIGHT - Living Life from a Posture of Thankfulness
About the Spotlight Writer
Hey There! My name is Canaan Trice and I am 25 years young. Most of the time you can find me at my local coffee shop reading, writing, or laughing with my friends. I love people and live to encourage those around me! I love stuffing my face with dark chocolate, singing in the shower, and taking longs walks down the aisles of Target.
Living Life from a Posture of Thankfulness
by canaan trice
I don’t know about you, but I find it easy to say thank you when things are going the way I want them to. What’s not to be thankful for when your car starts, there is money in the bank, and you have your dream job? However, what happens when you don’t get a call back for an interview, you don’t have enough money for gas this week, and life just isn’t going the way you think it should? Are you still thankful? Are there still things to be thankful for?
For me, these past few months have been hard. I found myself very distraught and discouraged because the plans I had for my life and the way I thought it should be all came crumbling down. I had the perfect idea of where I would be but then one thing didn’t work out and another and another, until I ended up in this place where I was just angry and confused. Thinking ‘why does my life suck?’ I had one of those conversations with God when I started fussing about how things just aren’t going according to His plan, when in reality it was my plan that wasn’t working out. I convinced myself that everything I had laid out before me was all in God’s plan. I wasn’t taking time to listen to the little things and misled myself. I was disappointed.
There were these moments when I received news different from what I had been believing for. I wasn’t prepared for it and I was so frustrated. What was I going to do with my year? Why are things working out like this? I was repeatedly getting disappointed. I felt hopeless and, in the moment, felt the enemy start to feed me lies about how this would be a year without joy and opportunity. Fortunately, God is bigger than my frustrations and hopelessness. When the let downs came I found myself instantly surrounded by those I trust. I had these cool encounters with God through different people and was reminded of Joshua 1:9 where it says “Have I not commanded you? Be Strong and Courageous. Do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”. How sweet is He? “Do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” I was never alone, even when I felt alone. It took me a little while to recognize that, but I did, and I am thankful for those moments.
Thankful. Just one word can change your perspective. This summer I learned how to say thank you when I didn’t want to. I found that when I put my heart in a posture of thankfulness that I could see my life for what it was going to be and not for where I was. I do not believe God causes bad or traumatic things to happen, but I do believe He is with us and will walk us through them. I started saying thank you when it was hard and would instantly feel his peace wash over me. By positioning my heart that way it didn’t take the pain away or fix my circumstance but allowed me to see it in a different way. In Colossians 3:15-17 it says “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Letting the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” When we have thankfulness in our hearts we are allowing God to work through us. Posturing yourself in thankfulness and peace go hand in hand. I find that when I am thankful peace just falls over me.
I want to encourage anyone who reads this, that you are not alone and where you are in your life isn’t happening without reason. When you invite God into your circumstance you give that circumstance a new perspective. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” For someone going through a difficult season, saying thank you can be tough. However, as I say thank you in a difficult season I feel the peace and that peace covers the uncertainty. I’ve personally learned that posturing my heart with thankfulness has allowed me to view difficult situations without hopelessness.