Dare to Be Thankful for the Future

3 Part Series: Being Thankful for the Past, Present and Future

Continuing on with the 3-part series: Being Thankful for the Past, Present and Future let’s recap the last two weeks. We put on our pirate’s hat and set out in search of thankful treasures from our past and in the present. Even with a broken, painful past or a present day challenging situation we uncovered something to be thankful for. But what about our future…can we be thankful for a future we have yet to know?

Part 3: Dare to Be Thankful for the Future

Maybe you’re asking, “How can I be thankful for the future when I have no idea what it’ll be?” And that is a great question! Prior to today, I never really put much thought into thankfulness for the future. Rather, I have spent most of my time worrying about it. But could I find thankfulness for the future? Could a mindful thankfulness for the future help to alleviate my worry-wart spirit? Once again, put on your pirate’s hat, grab your journal and let’s find out.

 Truths About Future Day Thankfulness

Thankful for Not Knowing the Future

TRUTH: 

God created humans to live in the present. We were not made to know everything, but to trust God and have faith. There are things in our future that if we knew them, we couldn’t handle it. It is God’s protection that he created us to walk by faith. Just think of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane…He sweat blood because He knew the future.  Soon He would endure bearing the sins of the world by a painful death on the cross. Could you have handled that kind of future knowledge and still gone through with it?

RESPONSE:

Knowing the future is something I have longed for, thinking it would solve all my decision-making problems, worries and doubts. But, I now realize that the burden would be too great. Knowing the future would be knowing both the good and the bad, and that could influence decisions I would later regret.  For example, during my last pregnancy I almost died (read the story here).  Had I known that was going to happen might I have changed my mind?  And if I did, I would be missing out on raising an amazing little girl who has been nothing but a blessing. I am thankful that God protected my mind and spirit by limiting my knowledge of the future.

“But I am trusting you, O’ Lord, saying, ‘You are my God! My future is in your hands.” Psalms 31:14-15

Thankful That God Goes Before Me

TRUTH: 

God is everywhere and He exists outside of space and time.  He sees our entire life from beginning to end. This is hard for the human brain to comprehend. Because God is omnipresent, He goes before us and He prepares us for what is to come.

RESPONSE:

I have taken great comfort in times of hardship in knowing that God goes before me.  Because He knows what is to come, He is qualified to lead and guide me. When difficult situations arise I repeat this motto, “God knew this was coming and because He knew it, He has prepared me in advance to walk though it.” I am thankful that I don’t need to worry because God prepares me for the future.

“You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am.” Psalm 139:3

Thankful for God’s Guidance  

TRUTH: 

The Bible is filled with verses about God’s guidance for those who believe. He never planned for us to walk through life without Him. When we turn our attention to Him, He provides wisdom, discernment and direction for the future. Not everything will be easy.  In fact, we are told by Jesus, “in this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). But we are not left to face the future alone. It is guaranteed if you seek God…you will find Him!

RESPONSE:

The future can be scary and I often worry about tomorrow. On my own I have good reason to be worried. But when I seek God, I can rest assured knowing He is leading and guiding me into my future. He will not hold back on giving me the wisdom and courage I need to take each next step. I am thankful that I can be confident in God’s guidance for my future.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Thankful that One Day I Will See Clearly

TRUTH: 

God made humans to only see partially. We are limited and have cloudy vision. While we are on earth, we will not know all that God has and is…that is God’s design.  But one day, we will get the whole picture.  One day the cloud will be lifted and we will see fully.  Life will make sense and we will understand the mysteries of life. Now that is something about the future to be thankful for!

RESPONSE:

I have struggled with not knowing or understanding life. Feeling incomplete and always asking why. It brings comfort to know one day I will understand.  One day the blinders will be removed and I will be made whole. I am thankful that I can look forward to the day I will see clearly.

“Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

Thankful that I Will Not Face Death Alone

TRUTH: 

Death is a scary subject for everyone.  The time will come for every living person to pass from this life into eternity. While it is frightening and no amount of courage or strength can prepare us to defeat death…it is an inevitable part of human life.  We can rest assured knowing that we will not be alone.  The Bible tells us that God will be with us as we pass though the dark valley of death and into the light of eternity.  We can be thankful that in death we will not be alone.

RESPONSE:

I wish I could ask someone who has gone before me what it was like to die.  However impossible that wish is…I do believe the Bible and the promise that God will be with me when I pass from this life to the next.  The Bible also says that to be absent from the body is to be present with God (2 Corinthians 5:8).  When I look into the future and fear the process of dying, I receive comfort in knowing that God will be with me.  I am thankful for that!!

“Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

Thankful that Eternity is My Guaranteed Future!

TRUTH: 

For all Christ-believers, eternity is guaranteed (John 3:16)! Jesus has gone and prepared a place for us and it has many rooms (John 14:2-3).  Our citizenship is not this world but in Heaven (Philippians 3:20-21).  Our future in this world is unknown but our future in Heaven is known.  We will be with Him and that is the best reason to be thankful for the future!!

RESPONSE:

Great confidence and thanksgiving pour out knowing Heaven is my final destination! In this life I have troubles, doubts, and fears.  I am imperfect and broken. BUT, my God has something better in store for me…I can look to the future with hope and have strength for today because my future is secured and guaranteed by the blood of Christ!

“And now you have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you.  And when you believed in Christ he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago. The Sprit of God’s is a guarantee that He will give you everything He promised and that he has purchased us to be His own people.  This is just one more reason for us to praise our glorious God.” Ephesians 1:13-14

Dare to Be Thankful for the Future

Maybe prior to reading this you never thought about being thankful for the future. How do you feel about it now? I am pumped-up! When I consider that my future is secured in Christ, God goes before me, He guides me, I will not face death alone and my guaranteed future is in Heaven…WOW!

Let’s finish the Thankful Challenge– Grab your notes from the last two weeks and write out your responses to -Thankful for:

  • Not knowing the future
  • God going before me
  • God guiding me
  • One day seeing clearly
  • Not being alone in death
  • Guaranteed future in Heaven

If you missed the first  or second part of the 3-Part Series: Being Thankful for the Past, Present and Future you can click here: Dare to Be Thankful for the Past   and Dare to Be Thankful for the Present.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Sincerely with Hugs,

JJ

#FindYourBrave, #FindYourThankfulness

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40 COMMENTS

  1. Katie | 24th Nov 17

    These are some great things to be thankful for that I hadn’t thought of – thank you!

    • JJ | 24th Nov 17

      Thanks Katie! I hope the 3 part series was helpful. It sure helped me!

  2. Heather | 25th Nov 17

    JJ, this is awesome! You put into words what I’ve been thinking. It makes me think about the line in Proverbs 31 where she “laughs at the future” with joy and confidence!

    • JJ | 25th Nov 17

      I love that bible verse! It is a foundational verse for my blog :).

  3. Ida | 27th Nov 17

    This is an amazing post!! Haven’t read any posts on this exact topic yet, so I really enjoyed this and found so much truth in it. There really is a lot to be thankful for!!

    • JJ | 27th Nov 17

      Crazy..we can be thankful for the future 🙂

  4. Susan Evans | 27th Nov 17

    I am thankful that one day God will wipe away every tear and there will be no more sorrow or pain.

    • JJ | 27th Nov 17

      Me too!! Especially when I having a really bad day or season.

  5. Hannah | 27th Nov 17

    Love this perspective, especially on the focus of eternity. I am certainly thankful to know that my future involves being in the presence of God!!

    • JJ | 27th Nov 17

      Agreed! Can’t wait to be fully present with God and in His presence fully.

  6. Katie Braswell | 27th Nov 17

    You’re right. I have never thought about being thankful for the future. Thankfulness seems to focus on the past and present. Thank you for challenging my mind and heart! I am held by the creator of the heavens and the earth! He does go before me and as long as I believe in Him, I have shelter in the Almighty’s wings!

    • JJ | 27th Nov 17

      Love it :).

  7. Heather Hart | 27th Nov 17

    Yes and amen! So thankful we can trust God for the future, whatever comes our way.

    • JJ | 27th Nov 17

      Me too. I wold be lost without Him.

  8. Melissa | 27th Nov 17

    This has been such a great series. I think I enjoyed this post the most because I don’t often think about being thankful for the future. I am, in fact, thankful for every aspect you laid out! There is such peace and comfort knowing that God is in control and has gone before me. Everything in my life is with a purpose to prepare me for more to come. That eases anxiety and allows for joy!

    • JJ | 27th Nov 17

      I am so thankful that you liked this series! Yes, I agree with everything you commented about :)!

  9. Alyssa | 28th Nov 17

    What an awesome post on thankfulness even on things that we have not considered before. Thank you!

    • JJ | 28th Nov 17

      Thank you!

  10. Amy | 28th Nov 17

    I am thankful that I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future! So thankful that all His promises will come true. Amen.

    • JJ | 28th Nov 17

      Love that…Who holds the future 🙂

  11. Julie | 28th Nov 17

    I’m so thankful God is leading me, He knows what my future holds and He will lovingly guide me through anything in my future! What a great blessing this is!

    • JJ | 28th Nov 17

      Amen!

  12. Sasha | 28th Nov 17

    For someone who has dealt with and fought anxiety and panic for much of my life – this is a wonderful, beautiful resource! Thank you for sharing this truth.

    • JJ | 28th Nov 17

      Kindred spirits…me too. 🙂

  13. Alice Mills | 28th Nov 17

    I am so thankful that in God there is a never ending source of absolute truth and goodness.

  14. marie | 28th Nov 17

    Even if I can’t see His plan clearly, I’m Thankful I can trust Him completely!

    • JJ | 28th Nov 17

      That’s it…trusting Him.

  15. Allyson | 28th Nov 17

    I am so thankful that one day I will see clearly – whether that be all the things I didn’t understand or even to more clearly understand God’s amazing grace and mercy.

    • JJ | 28th Nov 17

      Me too…one of many things to look forward too.

  16. Kristi | 29th Nov 17

    I’m so thankful I don’t know the future but I trust the one who does!

    • JJ | 29th Nov 17

      Me too!!

  17. Merry | 29th Nov 17

    What I love most about what you shared is that you tie everything back to Scripture. There is so much to look forward to in Christ!

    • JJ | 29th Nov 17

      100% agree we are blessed that God has a better future planned for us…one that is hard to imagine .

  18. Ann (Neethu) | 29th Nov 17

    thankfulness is such a daring act and we need to see the works accomplished on the cross and keep that always before us to be thankful wholeheartedly. beautiful post.

    • JJ | 29th Nov 17

      The Cross…yes! The cross before me the world behind me:)

  19. Dominika | 30th Nov 17

    I’m definitely thankful sister. For God’s Grace, safety and His provisions for me and my family. Thank you for posting this, it’s a real reminder to stay thankful.

    http://dominikagoodness.blogspot.com.ng

  20. Beth Robinson | 30th Nov 17

    I am so happy we have a God , that is always with us , loving, guiding us every step of the way in this world. It is so true that we need to be thankful for all things, good or bad. God has a plan for each one of us, and we may not know fully what that is this side of heaven, but i trust in Him completely he is my rock and my salvation.

    • JJ | 30th Nov 17

      Love you Beth!!!

  21. Rhian | 11th Dec 17

    I’m so thankful that I don’t know how the future is going to go otherwise I’d just worry about events and keep trying to change things and I think things happen for a reason x

    • JJ | 12th Dec 17

      That is a good point…maybe trying to play God in your own life….

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