Can We Be Thankful for the Things We Don’t Want?

This Thanksgiving I’m going to conduct a spiritual experiment of sorts.

It’s typical to give thanks for the good things in life.

I want to go further. I want to be as grateful for the hard things, the seemingly “bad” things–the things I don’t like about my life, even the things I hate and wish would go away.

The things I call in Abundant Gifts “disguised gifts.”

You see, in my years of attempting to live “the Abundant Gifts way,” I have developed a theory of how things work in the spiritual realm.

My theory, in a nutshell, is that when we, in faith, receive even the difficult, unwanted things in life as a gift, that somehow triggers that thing to become a blessing eventually in some way.

I don’t think that all things automatically or necessarily turn out for the good. The Bible says that God works all things together for good “to those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

In other words, to those who live by faith.

It’s difficult to express how this might work. I don’t want to say that our faith “allows” God to turn a curse into a blessing, exactly. Yet I wonder if that is somehow how it works.

There are definitely things in my life I do not welcome. Yet, in faith, I recognize that I probably do not see the big picture. How often, in retrospect, do you experience some thing that was not pleasant at the moment, but later turned out to be a gift in some way?

So now, at this moment, though I do not see the blessing in some of my circumstances, I believe that it’s possible for God to turn it into something good.

So I will thank God for everything, good or not apparently so, this Thanksgiving. I will wait, in hope and faith, for the “bad” to transform into blessing.

I’m very interested in your response. Should we give thanks for all things? Post your comment on the blog by clicking “comments,” please.

Free eBook Journal–A Way to Keep Track of All Your Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving!

As you begin to count your blessings, I’d like to remind you of the free Abundant Gifts eBook Journal that you can use to record God’s goodness in your life.

Why not start a new tradition, this Thanksgiving, of recording God’s many blessings?

You can record it for yourself. You can ask family members and/or friends–whomever you will share Thanksgiving with–to write in it at the beginning or end of the meal.

Or you can use it as a family journal, asking each member every evening what were the blessings of that day.

The Journal is available in a Word doc file format that you can write in from your computer, or print out and write in it by hand. It’s also available as a PDF file you can print out and write in.

There are 31 pages, and you can keep reusing those pages by printing out fresh ones. I give other suggestions for keeping a gifts journal in the beginning of the eBook.

Get it now, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Gift to God … in a Word

This is the time of year when we “count our blessings.”

As you think of all the gifts God has given you, do you ever wonder what you can give back? How you can express your gratitude?

There is one thing that makes God smile. That, perhaps, is what he’s after when he gives us so much.


He wants our trust.

Trust is our gift to God.

Does this make it any easier for you to trust, to know it’s your gift to God?