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That about sums up our garage sale attempt yesterday. One would venture to say that the effort involved in preparing the sale was not exactly worth it! (Actually, I didn't realize one could have a garage sale with so few customers!)
We were more than disappointed. This was mostly due to the fact that we had decided to carve out time for this sale so that we could declutter as well as contribute to a little end-of-summer trip. $30 would cover our gas expense, but that was about it!
Still, as disappointed as I was, for some reason I really felt called to thank God for the outcome of the sale.
Sure, we are encouraged repeatedly to "Thank God at all times for all things," but I tend to struggle with this one, I'll admit.
I have been trying harder lately to thank Him when I don't feel like I am very grateful, but I have been quickly learning just how incredibly hard that is!
I mean, think about it. God asks us to really, truly be grateful for ALL things. Not just the happy things. Not just the things that bring me joy. ALL things.
One might think that given our fallen nature this might be asking too much, but in all honesty, this concept - although radical - is the necessary ingredient for a life of liberation, freedom and true joy.
And, it is actually possible to live life embracing this concept. Having been blessed to witness this in action by others in my own life, I am inspired and long to live lives like theirs.
The thing is, people like me have to take embracing the "gratitude attitude" in baby steps. For me, this means that each day I need to find at least one thing that bothers me and send a prayer of thanks upward.
I used to take a different approach. My attempts to develop this attitude included thanking God every time I actually felt thankful. I was pretty excited when I found myself doing it without having to make reminders. But just how difficult was this really? Although certainly a step on the path towards holiness, I was basically taking the very easy way. I needed to change my approach and start looking for those rough stones along the way to thank Him for.
And our discouraging garage sale is a perfect example of one of those small rough stones. To my honest surprise, I was amazed at how much better I felt after thanking Him. Today, our family gave the sale another shot, leaving it truly in God's hands this time (although Rod very kindly set up some extra signs in the area!). The outcome was much more in line with original expectations.
Am I grateful? Of course. But I'm even more grateful that I was able to step on and pass that rough stone with a heart closer to His. I just hope I can do it when I come across the really rough ones!
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