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The Power of Parenting – Be Thankful for Everything
January 3, 2015
We know that we ought to be thankful for the good things we receive, but how about the bad times? Should we be thankful in hard, bad times? If you have some terrible thing happen, do you say thank you to God for it? If someone steals your money, or you are hit by the driver of another car, are you grateful? Maybe you think that these words are crazy, but consider this month’s verse from I Thessalonians 5:18. God says through Paul to be thankful in all things. How is this possible? How can we be thankful in all things? Think about Job. Do you know this person? Have you read the book of Job? Besides Jesus Christ, nobody in the Bible suffered worse than Job. He lost all his goods, lost his family, his home, and even his health. His wife turned against him, and his children were killed. Even his friends, when they came to comfort and help him ended up criticizing him. But in spite of all of this, Job praised the Lord, and even thanked him for the hard times. Listen to his words to his wife; Job’s wife told him to “curse God and die”, but Job, instead, said this:
Shall we receive Good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? --Job 2:10
In another part of the book, Job also said this:
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. --Job 1:21
How is this possible? How can someone, who had his home, his life, his possessions, his health, and everything else taken away say these things? How can a father and husband who saw his children killed, and watched his wife walk away from him lift his head and his hands and praise the Lord for it all? When bad times, hard times happen to people around you, what are other peoples’ attitudes? When tragedy or hardships strike you, what kind of spirit do you have? Do you throw in the towel and quit or give up? It is hard to have a grateful heart in hard times, and yes, it is also hard to have a positive attitude when tragedy strikes, but this is what God says. Consider the words of Job and the words of Jesus Christ. When Jesus was crucified, he did not complain. Instead, he said “Father, forgive…” It is important as Parents to give thanks when we go through hard times as well as when we are not. Hard times and difficult days, will only make us stronger and wiser for the work that God has purposed for our lives.
So the next time, your infant daughter won’t go to sleep, your two-year old son is having a temper tantrum, your teenager is talking back, your boss unfairly treats you, your husband or wife is not being cooperative, when people are not appreciating your commitment and dedication just look up to God and say, “Thank You” and know that it is all working together for your good ~Romans 8:28.
Tillman’s Toolbox Tip: Gratitude Journals make thanking God for Everything much easier. Each morning before you place your feet on the floor, put pen to paper and write down three things you are grateful for.