Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

My cousin sent me a video of former NFL player, Tommie Harris, speaking at the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration event. He told his story of having lost his wife to a brain aneurysm after only 41 days of being married. The audience gasped, as did I. Then he proceeded to say, “Death is a thing that happens in life, it’s not a thing that happens to life.” He admonished everyone to take a deep breath and encouraged everyone to make life count. He stated that as long as you have breath in your body, you can make a comeback.  Or as Andy Mineo put it, you ain’t done, as long as you got breath in your lungs.

Ladies, things happen in life…it’s life, but we have been blessed with the opportunity to not stay stuck and the ability to pivot and make a change at any moment.

Life is not always easy, hell, it can be downright hard and can even suck at times.  But don’t allow that to stop you. You have dreams waiting for you to dream. A purpose waiting for your attention and a life waiting for you to live.

Try to avoid the convenience of burying these things with your disappointments and find a way to still be grateful for what God has placed in your hands. Even something as simple as a phone, with a data plan, allowing you to read this, be thankful for that!

I digress.

So how many of you heard of Newton’s Third Law which states, For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Well, let’s use this premise in our life. For every negative action, let’s choose a positive and opposite reaction. 

For instance,

You may have lost your job but you found your purpose. 

You may have lost a relationship but you found yourself. 

You may have even lost hope but you gained perspective. 

Things don’t have to align perfectly to think thoughts beyond your situation. We can still “make moves” no matter where we are mentally, physically, or spiritually. I mean, look at Paul in the Bible, he started a revival in prison. And Isaac Wright Jr., a man who was wrongfully convicted on drug charges and became a paralegal while in prison. He helped overturn the wrongful convictions of 20 of his fellow inmates. You talk about beauty for ashes, this is the textbook definition of what God can do.

But it’s a choice…and the choice is yours.

So today, on the day set aside to give thanks, choose to be grateful, choose to be thankful, and choose to be blessed in each and every situation.  

Loving. Living. Growing.

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