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Trying to get it Right- July 31st, 2010
September 2, 2010

Dear Sam,

  I’m beginning to understand the reason that we are supposed to be thankful in all circumstances. I realize that my critical and cynical attitude colours my perception so that even good things are tinged with mud. But, I don’t want to be fake. How can I put a smile on my face even when I’m angry or sad?


Trying to get it right


Dear Trier,

  You’re off to a good start by checking your attitude. Often we attribute our response to the circumstance, instead of determining to take control of our response no matter the circumstance.
   This new stab at thankfulness will make more sense when you make sure that your focus is on God, his love for you, his role as father in your life. This directive is not about pretending that things are fine when they’re not. It’s about trusting that the not-fine-things can be used by God for your good. It’s good to learn forgiveness, but the lesson must come by way of a person or situation that requires forgiving. A frustrating incidence is the classroom of patience. You get the picture.
   If you were to ignore your anger or sadness, you would miss the opportunity to work with God as he shows you something important, either about yourself, or about the needs of others. When you’re sad, you can thank God that there is a hope and possibility that you can’t see, but that he will reveal. This requires you to trust God and trust the process of life. Now that’s a hard lesson, but absolutely necessary if you want to get past all the obstacles that would otherwise stop you dead in your tracks.
   Simply putting a smile on your face doesn’t do justice to this command from God. What he’s trying to teach you is that there is meaning in everything that happens. Victor Frankl became a famous psychiatrist and neurologist after his sojourn in a concentration camp. He learned, through this excruciating experience, to have unconditional faith in the fact that meaning can be found, and character built with every experience. You can bet that he did not meet each day with a smile on his face, but he did meet the day with the expectation of becoming a better person. It’s hard to argue with someone who has been through a holocaust in his own life.
   If thankfulness is about happiness, then this expectation is absurd. But if thankfulness is about becoming a decent, upright, generous and compassionate human being, then it not only makes sense, but becomes the only basis on which our humanity can develop.
   Give thanks to God boldly and confidently, and watch what he will do!


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