No Thank You

When life hands me crap, I want to say to life, “No thank you.”

Today I’m going to take some of the things in my life I am not typically thankful for, and turn them around into things that I am so grateful for, and to which I say to God on this blessed Thanksgiving day, “Thank you.”

The “No thank you.”– I have to work Friday.
The “Thank you.”– I have a job. So many people don’t.

The “No thank you,”– Ugh! The calories I will consume today at my aunt and uncle’s.
The “Thank you.”– I have a membership to the YMCA where I can go work off some of those calories tomorrow.

The “No thank you,”– I am not making as much money as I hoped.
The “Thank you.”– At least I’m making money.

The “No thank you,”– I live in a country where being a Christian is mocked and looked down upon by many.
The “Thank you.”– I’m allowed to be a Christian here in America where I can worship openly and freely without fearing for my life.

The “No thank you.” – Single at 32
The “Thank you.” – I get alone time whenever I want it, I can go here and there without organizing my life around someone else, I get lots of time to make myself better for whoever I end up with when I do get married.

The “No thank you,”– I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana
The “Thank you.”– I’m close to family, and they mean the world to me.

The “No thank you,”– Today is Thanksgiving #5 without Grandma Shideler. Even more Thanksgivings since Grandpa Trout was here. 30 Thanksgivings without Grandpa Shideler.
The “Thank you.”– I know they are in heaven, having the Thanksgiving of a lifetime each and every day.

Those things that life hands us and we want to say, “No thank you,” try turning them around into something positive. God’s got a reason for every trial and heartache.

What if Your blessings come through raindrops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?”

Those words come from Laura Story’s “Blessings.” I think it is one of the most beautiful and inspirational songs ever written. Please remember that God knows what He’s doing in your life. Thank Him for everything – the good, the bad, and the ugly.


Here is a link to a YouTube video of the song mentioned above. If you’re a Christian and music gets to you, have some tissues ready!

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