Being Thankful for What We Have


By Jessica Daniel

As Thanksgiving approaches, I think about how important it is to be thankful for what I have and never taking life for granted. Many times we become so busy in our day to day lives that we forget to thank God for what He has blessed us with: family, friends, our health, food to eat, and a roof over our heads.

Somewhere there is a woman who is homeless and living on the streets, struggling to find food and shelter to survive. Some place there is a child who is battling cancer and is on the brink of death and his parents are trying to stay strong for their son. A single mother is struggling to make ends meet by working two jobs so she can feed her children and pay the rent. These situations are only a glimpse of what many people experience. But, in spite of those situations, I have met people who still chose to thank God even in those circumstances of being homeless or losing a loved one.

Our society is often focused on material things like how big of a house we want to buy, the newest car that we want to purchase or the latest cell phone that comes out that we lose sight on what really matters. Sometimes we have to go through struggles in our lives in order for us to appreciate what we have around us, even the simple things we would normally take for granted like clothes, a place to sleep, or spending time with our loved ones.

This Thanksgiving, take the time to thank God for all that He has done in your life whether it may be getting that new job that you wanted, successfully finishing your last year of college, bringing your family closer together, protecting you from danger or whatever it may be just give Him the thanks and the praise that He deserves.


  1. First I must say, I love the family picture, and I agree that sometimes we have to lose what’s or who is important to us in order to be thankful for what God has given us.
    I lost my husband 2 yrs. ago though I was hurt and angry then, I am so thankful now for the 10 yrs. I had him.
    Thank You God.

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