Adversity And Gratitude

“I realized that my faith was not in my paycheck or in the housing market.”

I read a great article this week about people who have discovered unexpected blessings in the recession.

I admire folks who can see the rainbow while the storm rages. I’m pretty good at looking back and seeing the hidden blessings, but I tend to focus on current struggles while they’re in progress.

The people interviewed for the article somehow discovered opportunities and reasons for gratitude in the midst of trouble. Many rediscovered simple but essential gifts they’d taken for granted. The common themes: Family, friends and faith.

One man who lost his job found a deeper connection to God. “I realized that my faith was not in my paycheck or in the housing market,” he says. “Since the recession, I’ve also noticed a change in the country and how we’ve taken a step back from excess.”

One lady whose family “had it all and we lost it all” says economic woes forced her to seize opportunities she might have otherwise ignored. “If it weren’t for the economy going so bad, I would still be blowing money left and right. I am grateful because of the recession. The recession gave me a new opportunity, hope and purpose.”

Wow. These folks get it, being thankful in all circumstances.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. [Philippians 4:11-13]

Let’s all remember that God is good and that He blesses us in all situations.

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Copyright 2009 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:
Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance
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