Psalm 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
This next week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day. And even though it is the day we set aside each year to think about what we’re thankful for, many of us feel anything but thankful.
I’m speaking to those of us who each day suffer with a chronic health condition. What can we possibly be thankful for when our lives are filled with pain and sickness?
But we can choose to look at life differently and with thankfulness:
Yes, no one enjoys living with a chronic health condition, but we have just as much, and even more, to be thankful for. For those of us who suffer, finding something to be thankful for can seem out of reach. But there always is at least one small thing that we can and should be thankful for.
You may feel like you don’t even know where to begin to change your way of thinking, take a look at the article on takingcharge.csh.umn.edu, “10 Ways to be a More Thankful Person.” The article shows how feeling thankful can improve our health with the examples of developing the habit and savoring the good moments by stopping a few minutes to focus on the thing we can be thankful for so that when things are tough you have the memory to call to mind.
Things aren’t always going to head in the right direction. You will experience pain and suffering caused by your chronic health condition. But you don’t need to add negative feelings into the mix. It can add more sorrow than you need to carry. Yet, as you’ve seen in the article above, you can find something to be thankful for even when you’re suffering.
Take a look at the Bible verse above. It says to not be anxious about anything. It seems like an impossible task when all we can see is our life tumbling out of control with no way to stop it. But there is something we can do. We can pray. And as we pray we aren’t to just ask for our needs, but to tell God how thankful we are that we’re not in this alone. Remember that this coming week. Be thankful in all things and you’ll find the door is unlocked and opened wide to receive the many gifts that God has bestowed on you even if you don’t feel particularly thankful.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.