It’s easy to be thankful for the good things in our lives. That comes pretty naturally for most people. What requires more thought and builds more character is figuring out how to be grateful for the not-so-good things in our lives.
Years ago, I read an unconventional gratitude list that really made me stop and think. It included entries like:
- I’m grateful for mounds of laundry because it means we have plenty of clothes to wear.
- I’m grateful for sinks full of dishes because it means we had food to eat.
I love the example Corrie Ten Boom gives in The Hiding Place (a fabulous read, by the way). Corrie and her sister Betsie were Dutch Christians imprisoned in terrible conditions in a German concentration camp during World War II because they were hiding Jews. They learned to give thanks in all circumstances. They even gave thanks for the fleas that infested their quarters. Later they realized that because of the fleas, the guards kept their distance which meant that Corrie and Betsie could keep their Bible hidden.
Choosing to be grateful, even in tough times, makes us happier. We can turn trials into blessings by learning to be grateful. Finding something to be thankful for doesn’t mean that you would choose the same trial again. Gratitude doesn’t minimize abuse or harm others have caused us. Finding the silver lining and changing our perspective will help us deal with the challenges we face.
How can you be thankful for your debt?
I’ll go first:
- I’m thankful for our debt because it means my husband got a great education.
- I’m thankful for our debt because it has taught us to be much more purposeful in our finances.
- I’m thankful for our debt because it is giving us the opportunity to help and encourage others.
How about you?
- How are you thankful for your debt?
- How has being grateful for the not-so-great things in your life impacted you?
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