Colossians 4:2 – Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
At the start of a new year, I was thinking to myself what a bad year 2019 had been for me, however, there was a lot to be thankful for in the midst of the trials:
I would say that I did, in fact, have a good year. It’s all about the way I view what I went through and knowing I wasn’t alone going through them that makes the difference. If I focus only on life being negative, then that’s probably what I will see. Each person’s viewpoint determines whether they can find joy in their life, despite what they’re currently going through.
In the article posted by thegospelcoalition.org, “4 Reasons We can be Thankful in Times of Trouble,” we find ways to look at our circumstances in a more positive way, such as because we’re not alone through the trial, because we have hope, because God is sovereign and because we have God. Though it may feel like we are alone walking through a trial, doesn’t mean that we are alone. Many other people have been strengthened by trials and so can we.
So, the next time you find yourself walking through a trial, remember there can be positive ways to consider our circumstances. One of the only ways to find the positive in our life, may mean that we need to keep our perspective from only pointing to the negative. This can help us walk through the trial and not find ourselves wandering through a desert when a rainstorm is just around the corner.
Look at your trial as a gift and you are bound to find yourself being 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.