Sincere gratitude is a rare experience that feels almost like embarrassment. It rushes to my face with that same warmth of surprise. It catches me off guard every time. However, I rarely feel the flush of sincere gratitude, because most days, I fail to see the good things that surround me as gifts to be thankful for.
Thanksgiving is a good time of year to remind myself that everything I have is a gift, and that every good and perfect gift comes from our Father (James 1:17). But if it is all a gift, I also need to consider that anything I have could have been given to someone else.
I am part of the millennials, a generation who has access to more privileges than almost any previous generation of people. We have unparalleled access to education and opportunities. We are surrounded by conveniences that make daily tasks like laundry and cooking almost effortless. And yet, to find an adult who experiences the peace of contentment is rare it seems. Too often, I find I am only capable of valuing what I want and forgetting to value what I already have.
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