“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1,2 (ESV)
I excel at guilt. How about you?
- Mom guilt – All I have to do is take one look at the extremely crooked finger on my oldest child’s hand. How could a loving Mom allow that to happy?
- Housekeeping guilt – Just a brief glimpse into my house shows that a neat and tidy house isn’t a strong skill of mine. I know my Mom will always wonder where she failed me. But really, I know I failed her.
- Working Mom guilt – This could be Working Wife guilt, also. If you work full time outside the home, you know this feeling. There isn’t enough time or enough me to do all I want to do for the important people in my life.
And now I’ve thought about a new kind of guilt, as if we need something else to feel guilty about. It’s November which has become “Thankful” month on social media sites. Every day I open up Facebook and see what those around me are thankful for. This year I have lots to be thankful for. But in the not-so-distant past, things were different.
When life is tough, thankfulness is difficult. I know there has been much to be thankful for but in the midst of depression or illness or pain, being thankful is hard. At least on my own, it can be hard. Hebrews 13:15 states,
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name” (ESV).
According to this verse, I don’t have to rely on myself alone. Thankful praise comes through Jesus and his suffering that sanctified his people through his blood (Hebrews 13:12). I don’t have to feel guilty. Instead, I only need to acknowledge his name. There might be little to be thankful for in my life, but I am always thankful for Jesus and his sacrifice for me.