A Thanksgiving Challenge

Tomorrow is a wonderful American holiday: Thanksgiving. During this feast most of us say thanks to God for the blessings we have. We thank God for our families, jobs, safety, and health. The tradition started with the pilgrims giving thanks for the harvest.

Beautiful. It’s easy to be thankful when things are going well, isn’t it?

Let’s be realHow about if we lost our family, or our job? What if we are not safe, or don’t have good health? (or any other bad things that may have happened to you personally) Can we still be thankful? Should we still be thankful?

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If you honor the Bible, the answer lies in Paul’s admonition to the Thessalonians. He said, “In everything give thanks.” Twitter_logo_blue  This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Four words. Simple. Yet it is also one of the hardest verses in the Bible to apply (in my opinion).

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It is easy to accept the platitude, “Be Thankful.” It sounds nice. But when you think about this a bit further, being thankful is a deep principle that is rooted in profound faith. It is not easy to have the discipline of gratitude when things are not going my way.

Paul, the quintessential leader of the early church, was imprisoned in a Roman prison, wrongly accused. He was often beaten. He was part of a small and highly persecuted group. He had left his family, his home, and travelled by ship and land—a treacherous 10,000 miles. He was unmarried. Although he had friends, he must have often felt alone. And ultimately, he was executed.

Yet he was thankful. We can be too.

Whatever your challenges are today—whatever they are—I hope that our faith is deep enough that we know our life is under God’s provision. Nothing happens without His permission.

So let’s be thankful in everything.  That is my challenge for you and me.

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for each of you.

Your Friend,
Wes Saade MD Signature

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4 Comments
  • Chelsi Newsom
    Posted at 09:28h, 27 November Reply

    Wonderful reminder that a thankful heart is a way of life and not a temporary attitude. Because in everything, God is still God and that is more than enough to give thanks for!

  • Kyletha Sanchez
    Posted at 03:26h, 01 December Reply

    How right you are!! It is so easy to be thankful in every thing when things are going our way. As I work in the Medical field I see so many people with good health to poor health,

    I have a rare medical condition called Behcet’s, it is a very painful disease I hurt every day and when I have the breakout it is almost unbearable to go on through out the day much less get out of bed. . But I go on with my daily activities and am very thankful that I get to enjoy another day of God’s Mercy and Blessings. I am very thankful to our Lord he gave me another day and gives me the strength to be able to make it

    We should always be thankful for what we have Because tomorrow is never promised

  • Misty Gilbert
    Posted at 18:53h, 01 March Reply

    Gratitude is part of my Daily Power Hour. When I spend time reflecting on what I am thankful for, it changes my focus.

    I am thankful for you! and many more things…thanks for the reminder.

    • Wes Saade
      Posted at 03:57h, 03 March Reply

      Wow, thank you Misty. Can you tell us what you do in your Daily Power Hour? Have you written a blog about it? And I am definitely thankful for you my friend.

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