Thankfulness and Connection:

 Since attending the Write2Ignite Conference in September, I’m thankful for reminders about the connection between thankful attitudes and desirable outcomes – in relationships, projects, and inward peace.  Sometimes these connections remain stable for many years – they’re comfortable, we enjoy them, and we take them for granted. But sometimes, they change. Change can be good, but changes in important connections can be difficult.

The playground set shown here (incomplete), assembled by my husband for our grandchildren, is no longer in this yard. That’s because we recently sold the house and the new owners didn’t need it. So he took it down and relocated it to the yard of the house where we’re living now. We’re both glad that our grandchildren’s connections to this play equipment will continue for many years, as they associate it with “Grandpa’s house.” Disassembling and reassembling it took a lot of effort. It was neither comfortable, enjoyable, or routine. The payoff comes when the project is coming together, we can see the progress, and the end – a complete play area – is within reach.

Were we always thankful during the process? Yes and no. We were thankful for a pickup truck to move large sections, so the entire set didn’t have to be completely disassembled. We were thankful for a few days of good weather to get it in place. We were thankful for a level spot in the yard to set it up.

We weren’t feeling particularly thankful when the bolts weren’t fitting easily into their holes, the washers were hard to find, and the frame was unstable while those large pieces had to be held together by hand.

“In everything give thanks . . . .” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) This is God’s standard. It’s not second nature to us, but it’s exactly what we need to keep our focus on where we need – and want – to be connected.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family, friends, coworkers, or struggle with a connection that requires relocation or other kinds of uncomfortable change, may God keep you mindful of what He is building into your life with this change.

What changes and connections will your stories show? May we all write from thankful hearts.

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