This is the month for Thanksgiving and I love it! Let’s be thank FULL for our abundant lives. And we can be grateful for the things we perceive as bad. Is that possible? Can we really say thank you for that bad thing that happened today or the challenges and problems in our lives? Can we honestly be thankful when we got the short end of the deal? Or worse yet we got hurt? Yes we can!
The Bible says we should be thankful in ALL things so it must be possible and there must be value in doing that! Though it doesn’t make it any easier it does give us a happier, healthier outlook on life! Besides, who’s to say what is good and what is bad?
Here is a parable to help us understand why it is wise to be thankful in ALL things, good and not so good at the time…no matter what.
An old man lived in the country with his family. One night their only mare broke out of her stable and ran away into the hills. The neighbors consoled the old man and this family, “What bad luck that you only horse has run away.” To that the old man, in his wisdom, replied, “Who’s to say what is good and what is bad?”
A few days later, the mare returned bringing with her five stallions. The neighbors came again, this time celebrating, “What good fortune! How lucky you are!” the old man replied, “Who’s to say what is good and what is bad?”
Within a few weeks the eldest son of the family was breaking one of the stallions when he was thrown off and seriously injured….a badly broken leg. The neighbors came once again and said, “What misfortune. Here it is the beginning of the planting season and you’ve lost the help of your eldest son.” To that old man replied, Good luck bad luck, who’s to know?
A short time later the army came through the country side looking to all able-bodied young men to draft into the army. When they learned of the injured son they passed on by the home of this family. The neighbors, in their fickle minded way returned once more, “What good fortune that your son does not have to go to war.” The man in his wisdom replied, “Who’s to say what is good and what is bad?”
The moral of this story is that we can’t always see the good that will come from what we think of as “bad” any more than we can see the crop from the seed we plant or the rainbow before the storm passes.
This month especially, let’s keep our eyes open wide so they can see all the great blessings and things we have to be thankful for. At the same time let’s keep our minds and hearts open to the goodness that will yet come and be thank FULL for this life’s experiences for they are all for our personal growth and benefit.