“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
One of the wisest women I have ever met was, at one time, homeless. Her name was Sharon. In one five-minute conversation Sharon taught me a lesson I will never forget, a lesson about thankfulness.
As we stood on the street corner conversing, Sharon said, “I’m thankful to take out the trash.”
“Did I hear that right?” I remember thinking. After all, who’s thankful for trash duty? If you ask me, taking out the trash is one of my least favorite jobs. The smell, the inconvenience, the necessity of going outside… I hate it. Sharon was thankful for it.
Sharon then explained to me how taking out the trash was significant for her. Taking out the trash meant she had somewhere to put a trash can, something to put in the trash can, and a place to discard trash outside a home she occupied. For Sharon, these were all indications of extraordinarily blessing.
She was thankful for something most of us consider an inconvenience.
I invite you today to consider your everyday inconveniences through the lens of thankfulness. Sheltering at home? You have a place of refuge and comfort. Stuck in traffic? You have transportation and somewhere to go–perhaps to a place of employment. Dishes to wash? You have running water and food to eat. Non-traditional schoolwork to turn in? You have educational opportunities. Inconveniences or blessing? You decide.
Take some time to thank God for 5 blessings that you might otherwise
have considered inconveniences in your life.
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