So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. -Colossians 2:6-7
I’m thankful for my singleness because of:
I am so thankful for Jesus! I love Jesus! I am thankful that Jesus died and rose again for my sins. I am thankful for my relationship with Him and for His faithfulness in my life. Like Marlana said last week, I can’t predict whether my love for Jesus would be less or more if I were married, but I know every year I love Him more and more. Words are definitely hard to express how so very thankful I am.
I am so very thankful for God’s Word. In this season of singleness, the Bible has been what He has used to remind me of His love and faithfulness in my life. I know for me many times, I have become fearful that I will miss out on ‘experiencing’ all of life. I have cried myself to sleep about it (pathetic) that, in turn, starts a churning in me to resent God and wonder why He is being unfair to me. Scripture turns that resentment into gratitude 100% of the time. Philippians 2:13 says “it is God who works in you to will and act according to His good purpose.” So I shouldn’t shortchange God…because He can never do that to me. I am single because God is always and forever good to me. Being single is not some sort of punishment. I can’t tell you how many times I have thought to myself that “maybe if I were more spiritual, somehow more satisfied with God alone, then God would bring me a husband.” I know that is a dumb lie. I am not single because my spirituality disqualifies me as good marriage material. Nor am I single because my spiritual maturity says “I don’t need a husband”. I am single because this is God’s call for me…today. We cannot rig God’s blessings or earn His favor as we seek answers to what we feel are ‘legitimate’ needs. God is gracious without charge (Isaiah 55:1). He tenderly cares for His children (Isaiah 40:11). He calls us to still and quiet our souls humbly before Him, for both today and the future (Psalm 131). His ways of wisdom our way above our finite minds (Romans 11:33-36).
I am thankful for life. I think I take this one for granted more than anything else. Today, I woke up healthy, in a warm bed and have family and friends that love me. I am blessed beyond measure and to say that God is good is an understatement…He is amazing! He has a purpose for me here on this Earth. Sometimes I don’t see it and sometimes I don’t take it as seriously as I should, but He has gifted me life and I don’t want to waste it away. I am so very thankful.
Thankfulness is a choice. If it’s lacking in us, we must decide to change. As we acknowledge God’s wonderful blessings this Thanksgiving, lets be intentional and ask Him to give us grateful hearts. When we are willing to do that He will begin transforming our lives.