I Give Thanks For Everything!
Let’s pick up the discussion on gratitude. Earlier we saw how Jesus taught that gratitude was a cause rather than an effect. He taught to give thanks as a facilitator for our good rather than as just a response. In other words, what catches our attention catches us. If we focus on those things that bring light into our world, then we will experience more light and vice versa. If we focus on darkness, then we will get more of the same. So, what about the darkness. Is there any purpose to darkness?
So often, those of us in New Thought erroneously believe that we must chase away the clouds. Their very presence suggest that something has gone awry along our spiritual journey. But what if the darkness was the exact circumstance we needed to catapult us on our spiritual journey?
There is a saying that I hear often which is, “The worse best thing that ever happened to me!” We all have those experiences where it feels like the ground underneath our feet has opened up and the world swallows us whole. We not only lose our footing but our entire foundation crumbles around us. It may take the form of a death, an illness, loss of a relationship or job. Or it may be as ambiguous as the loss of a dream, our innocence or an ideal. Whatever it may be, life feels different and it is not usually warm and fuzzy.
Often we pray that God will take the situation away. We see it as a mistake or a result of our faulty thinking. When we shift into gratitude, we shift our perception and make room for the possibility that the darkness may contain the very light we were looking for. If we face the darkness with gratitude, our eyes adjust and we notice things that were hidden in the light. We discover nuances about ourselves, our strengths and abilities that were concealed before. Because the darkness requires us to slow down and be more intentional, we discover what is important. We pare down to the absolute necessities and come to discover that we have more than enough. We discover what true contentment is and what we really value. And we discover a depth to life and a presence of God that we never knew before.
What is your best worse thing? When you look back on your life or at your current situation, can you choose gratitude in this moment? Gratitude is a choice we can make at any point along the way. It is a decision to ignite the darkness with your light and to live life fully and completely in all circumstance. Join me as together we choose gratitude and give thanks for everything.