Thankfulness is Best Lived Forward


When I think of the word thankfulness I get a picture myself as a young mother. I’m wiping the sweat from my brow and the hair from my eyes. Whew!  I was not sure how I could get it all done. But thankfully, God made a way. Most of the time I was waltzing somewhere between flustered and flabbergasted. I’ll admit that a lot of the time I was overwhelmed with things instead of thankful for them.

One day I was standing on my porch watching one little daughter go down the street to play and another little daughter get in the car for ball practice. I remember saying, “Lord, when is it ever going to slow down?”  He responded, “Rebekah, it’s as slow as it’s going to get.”

As one whirlwind time blew into another whirlwind time it all flew by so fast. I wish I had been more thankful then and less flustered. But I am thankful for those sweet memories of young motherhood. I kind of wish I had stopped to smell the roses and thanked God for them too, even the thorns.

Oh beloved, here we are on the brink of another few months of memory making. I encourage you, moms, both young and old to stop and smell the roses of thankfulness! Thank the Lord for the mess, the dirty diapers, the husband’s socks by his chair, the hairdo you meant to do something with before you left the house and all of it. Such a big old mess life can be, but it’s the life God has entrusted to you. Make the best of it, good and bad, and be thankful for it. Today’s frustrations are tomorrow’s sweet memories.

God loves you and He’s for you. He’s ordained your life to be lived with thankfulness one blessed day at a time. Hug the mess makers, and whisper encouraging words into their ears. Thankfulness is best lived forward instead of backwards. You are a delight to the Lord and He is so thankful for you. Now ask Him for a heart of thankfulness and share it with others, one heart at a time!

  “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3: 17

Rebekah Beene