You don’t have to look too hard on social media this time of year to find them – the “grateful posts” and the “thankful posts”.
I always mean to do them. I always want to. But typically I fail to keep up with the 30 days of postings – days where you acknowledge something you are thankful for.
Yes, I forget and get behind and what was meant for good suddenly becomes very bad for me.
I can actually get overwhelmed by guilt for forgetting to type out something I am thankful for.
So this year, I wised up.
I didn’t even start posting.
I learned from my mistakes.
However, the beauty of my blog is that it allows me to post randomly and without a schedule or a commitment!
So, with the theme of learning from past mistakes and thankfulness, I have decided to share with you what I am feeling most thankful for in my life (other than Jesus!)
I am overwhelmingly thankful for my messes and mistakes.
I wish I had known, when I walked through my darkest & lowest times, that someday God would allow me to use that pain to help others.
That someday I would actually become thankful for the hard times.
It would not have changed my reality then, but it would have lessened the pain – from dazzlingly sharp to dull aching.
But I only managed to see the purpose of my pain when I looked back, after God began to use my mess for good, so I am taking a moment to share my hard earned wisdom with you all:
If you are in a dark place,
do something radical —
for the darkness.
God will redeem this time.
One day there will be a hurting person
that you alone can comfort —
you were once where they are.
You won’t just be someone who learned from their mistakes but someone who
loves from their mistakes.
Practicing what I will call “radical gratitude” when you feel like the biggest failure – it won’t always ease the consequences of mistakes but it may bring in just enough light to dispell the dark.
My friend, its true, someday you will become “someone who has been there” and what a blessing you will be a for others who need to hear your story of hope and redemption.
Thankfulness in the mess..
Gratitude for the whole story of your life (even the hardest chapters)..
Believing in the promise that God will use this hard stuff for good someday..
..this is radical gratitude.
Let’s write 30 posts about that.
Always learning, Staying Thankful and Authentically Yours,
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful”
~ Colossians 3:15