Sometimes when we are up against a struggle it is difficult to be thankful. Struggles come in various forms, be it physical, emotional, relational, mental, financial. Struggle in one area can lead to struggles in other areas of life. I know that when I my third son was physically hurt in a bad accident at 13, it led to financial struggles that drained me not only financially, but emotionally and mentally. As a result my personal resilience took a huge hit that also impacted my relationships with others.
Coming back to realization of the power of a thankful heart was key to restoring my life and my hope. In spite of all the things that seemed to be going wrong; I still had much to be thankful for. I still had a family that loved me. I still had untapped opportunities for making a living. I still had a future, even though at that time it seemed to be hidden from my own eyes.
Often times it is very difficult to find the good in the situations we find ourselves in, but if somehow we can find just one thing to be thankful for it has a way of lightening our load and restoring our hope.
The truth is I really didn't know what I was made of until I found myself facing the biggest obstacles in life that I had ever known. Would I have chosen the path? NO! Would I now change it if I could go back? No, because it was during the darkest days of my life that I discovered the power of a thankful heart.