Many people think that starting a relationship with Jesus will fix their broken lives and turn them into perfect masterpieces. But, there is no such thing as a “perfect” life. God wants us to experience ups and downs so that we will be able to grow in Him. He will take us down treacherous paths so that He can reveal Himself and help us to see things through His eyes. Ever since I took the step and furthered my relationship with God, I have experienced more heartache than I have ever experienced in my whole life. But, I cannot even imagine experiencing these things without God by my side. By reading God’s word and by following his commands, I am thankful to now see the reasoning behind everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:1 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” God commands us to give thanks in EVERYTHING. Thank God for your heartaches, thank God for your sicknesses, thank God for your happiness, thank God for your pain….etc. If we do not possess a thankful heart, it will be hard to see past the pain and the heartache and the hurt. Without being thankful, we will become bitter and unsatisfied.
I am writing this post to reiterate what a blessing it is to have Christ Jesus draw near to us. A perfect life is not a life where you get married and have a perfect, adorable family, make a lot of money, have a large home, drive a nice car, etc. A perfect life is a life with God that brings many trials, which make you a stronger person. I am in no means saying that God cannot create a perfect life for you. God’s will that he has created for you, in fact, is perfect. He has a perfect will for each and every one of us, but His idea of perfect may be different than what you expect. That is why it is important to dig into the scripture and walk closely with God so that you can see things the way that God does.
“A thankful heart is a happy heart.”