Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. The family gets together and we have good food and hang out. In my family we have a tradition where we gather around in a circle and we all name something that we are thankful for. Last year, November was a hard month for me. The youth program at the church wasn't where I wanted it to be and I didn't know what I wanted to do with college and my life in general, so I was just in a bit of a rut. It was so hard for me to find anything to be thankful for because I felt like my life was just too hard. I couldn't see past my troubles to what God had truly blessed me with. I needed a new perspective.
I have found that most of the time whenever I feel like I am at the lowest point I could possibly be, God reveals more of His glory to me. I have discovered that even when my life is hard and I can't seem to be thankful, really all I need is a new perspective. Sometimes the hardest points of my life are God growing me. Sometimes even the numerous mistakes that I make, God can use for my growth. No matter what God is ultimately gonna get the glory. He can and will use whatever circumstances we are in to glorify himself.
I'm reminded of the story of Joseph. He was his father's favorite son and God blessed him with a gift of understanding dreams. This made his brothers jealous of him and they sold him into slavery. At that point I would have probably given up or gotten angry at God, but not Joseph. He used it as an opportunity to glorify God and he rose through the ranks of his owner's household. Then he was falsely accused of rape and sent to prison. Again I probably would have been upset with God at this point, but not Joseph. He got chances to use God's gifts to glorify God and he eventually found himself as the right hand to Pharaoh. He even got a chance to get revenge on his brothers, but he didn't take it. He forgave them and told them this.
"19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people[b] should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them."
Genesis 50:19-21 ESV
What his brothers meant for evil, God meant for good. No matter the circumstances we find ourselves in. No matter where you are, what you do, or what you mean. God can and will get the glory!
So this Thanksgiving get a new perspective, because God will use your hopeless situation to bring glory to His name.