Welcome to December! I wonder what kind of a winter we're going to have this year. Last year was definitely something to remember here in Oklahoma. The winter wonderland we had created quite a bit of trouble for anyone trying to go anywhere! My brothers and sister-in-law spent way too many hours merely traveling here in the metro. But, if you didn't have to be out in it, it provided a lot of fun!
It really is easy, as the Bible says, to love those that love you, but its quite a different story to love those that hate you. I think being thankful is the same way. It was easy for me to enjoy and be grateful for all the snow last year because I got to enjoy it. The snow loved me, so to speak. I didn't have to get out in it much and I certainly wasn't stuck anywhere. On the other hand, I'm sure those that battled with the weather weren't thinking straightaway how thankful they were for wretched conditions that fouled up their holiday plans. And yet, that's where true thankfulness and peace live. As we all feasted (some multiple times) last week, it was really easy to be thankful, wasn't it? But this week, where perhaps stress is greater, there's no days off and the end of the year looms, can you practice thankfulness just as abundantly? That's my personal challenge for this weekend - to see all of the things in my life that 'hate me' and find joy and gratitude for them.