Giving Thanks For My Trials….

Along with the rest of the country, this week I have been considering all of the things in my life that I am thankful for. As I was pondering all of the many blessings in my life I happened upon this quote by C.S. Lewis: “We ought to give thanks for all fortune; if it is good, because it is good, if bad because it works in us patience, humility, & hope.”

So, we are to give thanks for our bad fortune? This thought intrigued me, so I began to consider the reasons why I might be grateful for the trials in my life as well as the blessings.

Isn’t it strange how we sometimes take for granted all of our blessings and focus only on our trials? Abraham Lincoln said “We can complain that the rose bush has thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” We have the power to choose how we will view the events in our lives…

As we choose to view the trials in our life as blessings we begin to understand and be receptive to the lessons that they are meant to teach us. While this may be difficult to do while we are experiencing them, with the passage of time we usually find that our trials are great learning experiences.

As I reflect on the trials that I have experienced throughout my life I recognize that they have taught me things I could not have learned in any other way. They have taught me to be more patient, humble and resilient. They have shown me how to be more compassionate and empathetic to the suffering of others. They have compelled me to trust in and rely completely on the Lord and have increased my faith in Him as I recognize that my trials have often been blessings in disguise.

My trials have created the person that I am today. I would not trade the pain or misery that they have caused if it would mean losing the lessons that they have taught me or the person that I have become because of them. So while I don’t think I would ask for trials to come into my life, I am grateful that they have come. So this Thanksgiving I am thankful for my blessings and my trials.

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8 Responses to Giving Thanks For My Trials….

  1. Deborah says:

    Great post. I like the Abraham Lincoln quote a lot. It’s hard being grateful for trials, but I try.

    I am grateful for you (:

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  2. Rose Haynes says:

    Great post…And I am grateful for my trials as well as my blessings. I just wish I wasn’t so thick headed that it has taken so many trials to learn the lessons I’ve needed to learn. :)

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  3. Nichole Dill says:

    LOVE THIS!!!!

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  4. You know how I feel about trials. Sometimes they just well… they just plain suck. I don’t like the experience and it bothers me to all get out. But I know that when I pass through them, I’m a better, strong person and I can testify that it builds faith and character. My life has been no easy ride but I’ve always firmly believed that I was meant to experience every moment , good and bad. I’m thankful for every bit of it.

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    • I know Nichole…and while I worry about you, pray for you and hurt with you during your trials….I know that your trials have made you the person that you are today….A person that I love very much and that I consider a blessing in my life….

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