“Like” Life Lessons

Yesterday I wrote about being thankful in the face of suffering and trials, even though I personally had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family gathered around the table.

Family gathered around a table filled with food
Hawley Thanksgiving 2022

Today I’m still not facing any deep suffering or trial, but simply experiencing a little taste of the grumps. Evening is near, and the day is nothing like the “do nothing but recover” day I had envisioned this morning!

I planned a menu and shopped for groceries for the week, cleaned up more of the kitchen from yesterday’s feast, took a trip with hubby to the dump, and am in the middle of four loads of laundry. That’s not a do-nothing day. It started to get real when I was trying to fold a set of sheets that had twisted in together, and I almost cried.

Seriously. Twisted sheets bringing tears?? Pathetic.

Oh, wait. What was my post about again yesterday?? Being thankful? Oh, right.

I am thankful that I have so many things to take care of. I am thankful for so many dishes that served my family lots of food (that I’m thankful for) yesterday. I’m thankful for the resources needed to shop for more food for the week. I’m thankful for laundry, and the machines to wash it in.

But what I’m even more thankful is God’s work in my life in spite of my grumpy days. Because even then, I can see his handiwork over time, as he “makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT).

I am not what I should be, but I am not what I was. For example, my grumpy days are far less dramatic than they used to be. He has brought me a long way since then!

And even more than that, no matter how much I grow to be like Christ on this side of heaven, there is more that awaits me on the other side.

“Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven . . . Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man” (1 Corinthians 15:47, 49).

God’s not done with me yet, and he has more in store for you too, friend! Look back and see how far he’s brought you to today, and know there is more to come in the seasons ahead.


This post was a response to Kate’s Five Minute Friday prompt, “Like.” Want to see how others responded? Join in here!

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