One thing I keep saying to my readers is, never be afraid to be you. Keep going at what you’re doing even if there are people out there that are going to knock you for it, even judge you harshly. I stand by what I advise. I can already foresee that there will be some readers, probably many readers, that won’t like nor agree with this post, maybe I’ll even lose followers out of it. But that won’t stop me from writing it and putting it out there.
One thing I have noticed a lot over my years is the way people say “Thank God” for the good things that have happened in life. On the various social media platforms, there’s always posts, pictures and statuses that give their thanks to God for the great things that have just occurred. Whether that be the latest job promotion, the expected arrival of a new baby, the award for their child may have just gained at school even down to the recovery of an illness. Everyday there is somebody thanking God for something. I’m not here to judge those people, that’s their belief and everyone is entitled to that. What I do wonder though, is Why? What exactly is it that God has done to make the above things possible?
The way I see it is as follows;
The job promotion was given to you because you worked hard to get it, you put in the long hours, you dedicated your time to your role and it paid off. You may have even put your family temporarily on the backburner to be able to gain that promotion. It was your hard work that did it. Whenever the promotion is handed to someone else, you don’t thank God then, do you? I presume you think to yourself that you could have worked harder or maybe there was something you could have done differently.
The expected arrival of your new baby…well, we all know how that came about in the natural way of things, but again it was you and your partner that made that happen. Even if it was through the act of IVF, surrogacy, adoption etc it was all done via human interaction 🙂
The award your child just received at school was earned by them studying, working hard, putting their heart into it. I know if I had done all of that and my parents were praising God for the award, I would be pissed!! And if they don’t receive the award, then it’s always the child who’s blamed for not paying enough attention, for not working hard enough or for not completing their homework. Praise your child for their effort. It may just encourage them to keep at it.
Recovery of illnesses….this one has always got me. The doctors that first diagnosed the problem, then found the appropriate treatment and medicines should be the ones that are thanked. They studied long hours to be able to learn how to treat the illnesses that we suffer, they give up endless hours to save someone’s life, yet I’ve noticed that not very often, are they the ones that are actually thanked when their patients recover. They may receive the thanks from the patient and/or family when they first recover but outside of that, it’s God that’s thanked. They really don’t get the credit they deserve.
Saying Grace at the dinner table each night before starting to enjoy the meal, what is with that? They usually start with “Thank you, Lord for the food we are about to eat….” I live out in the country where our little town is surrounded by farmers. As I drive past the farms, it’s always the farmers that I see out there in the fields, working hard and sometimes long, horrendous hours in all weathers, to be able to provide that food. I pass a plethora of trucks that transport that food from the farms to the supermarkets to where people purchase it.
So it has me curious, exactly what does God do to be getting all the thanks? Please feel free to comment below and educate me.
I’m not saying I don’t believe in God, I just honestly believe that we should give ourselves, or the appropriate ones, a lot more credit for the accomplishments in our life, for it’s not God that puts in the hard yards to get to where we want or need to be.
This is my thoughts on this and you’re free to judge me on it as harshly as you like, after all, that’s your choice.
Til next time,
Stay safe, stay smiling!