It’s amazing how we allow our focus to shift from the have’s to the have not’s. All of us in America have much to be thankful for, no matter how hard things get or have gotten. I read this quote last weekend and it really helped to see things from a different angle, the have angle, “Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairytale.” Wale Ayeni
On a bad day when asked “how are you doing?” I have responded, “Livin the dream.” In those moments my last thought is this is someone else’s fairytale or dream…nightmare maybe? All of us have been there. And nightmare may be overstating it, but that’s how we are feeling.
Life is made up of many moments, many seasons. In the bible, the book of Ecclesiastes offers us this from chapter 3,
For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
The text does not necessarily condone, it simply shows us the seasons of life… the haves and the have not’s. In the same book, Solomon writes, “There is nothing new under the sun.” So that crazy place, hard place, yes even the joyous places we’ve experienced, someone else has been there.
So no matter what season you are in this Thanksgiving, my prayer for us all is we find “the much to be thankful for”.