Thank God for bad things

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6,7

I now love to thank God for bad things.

A few days ago I was particularly upset, and couldn’t take my mind off of what was bothering me. Just before bed I started writing, telling God “thanks” for the thing I was upset over. I started thanking God from all the different angles of the problem–for the experience itself, for the lessons learned, for the people involved–and within a single sentence, I started feeling happier. After a paragraph, I was smiling. I think I experienced the fastest positive mood swing of my life.

Thanking God for whatever upsets you removes the power of that thing over your life. When you decide to be grateful for everything, you stop being the victim and you start to live free again.

Nothing has the power to ruin your life unless you give it that power; and with God on your side, with the big picture in mind, why would you ever do that?

Instead, thank God for bad things.

4 replies to “Thank God for bad things”

  1. I love this idea and think you are right on! It may not always be easy to do though because sometimes we want to be upset at that person, perhaps believing that in so doing they will get what’s due them for wronging us. But it doesn’t quite work that way. Thanks for sharing and reminding us of the power of God!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It encouraged me greatly and I have shared it with many of my friends. Please keep sharing

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