Slaying the Dragon with Thankfulness

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

Due to the time change over the weekend, that gaining of an hour felt so good.  I sometimes wish it were possible to gain a few extra minutes here and there in different scenarios in my life.  Just like I wish to gain minutes, there are times I wish the time could be reversed and never happen.  However, I know this isn’t possible and so I go on learning the value of appreciating each moment as it comes.

Don’t some moments seem to fly by and others drag…on?

Flying moments are those that bring me joy, contentment, peace, and good health.  They are things like:  hearing a baby laugh, sticking to a budget, a really good cup of coffee during a blessed quiet time reading the Bible and praying, stress-free communicating, and being cancer-free.

On the other hand, those drag-on moments become more of a dragon that breathes fire on my hopes and dreams and robs me of joy, contentment, peace, and good health.  These are things that range from complicated to simple.  For example on the complicated side we have negative people, demanding people, or joy robbers (ie. a cancer diagnosis).  More simply, bad coffee, a morning with no quiet time, sitting in traffic in Atlanta, and rips in my favorite jeans lend to moments of the dragon. 

I bet you are thinking of some of your own moments that fall into both of these categories.

Regardless, we are called to live our lives here making the most of all the moments in ways that honor God and shine a light of hope whether we are happy or disgruntled.

This is where an attitude of thankfulness helps.  As sure as the flying moments have us soaring on wings of easy thankfulness, those moments of the dragon can pierce a spirit of thanksgiving so quickly if we allow them.  Our bubbles burst and we are flat out, hopeless, despairing, angry, and stuck.

We have to decide in that moment of the frustration whether we will slay the dragon with words of thankfulness in the midst of the “fire” or if we are going to let thankfulness get burned up so we collapse in the midst of ashes.

As hard as it can be, I want to live in the midst of the joy and the yuck finding ways to be thankful, remembering that none of my moments nor all the things that happen in them come as a surprise to God.

Today, I have several Scripture references flying around my head that could be fitting to remind me of some timeless truths regarding my thoughts and actions in joyful moments and joy-robbing moments:

  • Philippians 4:6-7 – “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 in Christ Jesus.”
  • Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
  • James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

What about you?  Will you join me in an attitude of thanksgiving this moment?

Opportunity for Response:
What are you thanking God for in the midst of all your moments today?  Please share.

Check out today’s post over at the blog button below for another look at being thankful:



  1. Timely post, Sister! Seems I battle the dragon often. I’m reading a book titled “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. I was drawn to the book by the beautiful cover! The content doesn’t disappoint. It is about her journey to discover/understand eucharisteo – thanksgiving and the fullness of life delivered. Her writing style is quite unique – very introspective. I’m finding it quite thought-provoking.

  2. Hey Sister,

    Thanks for reminding me about Ann’s book. It awaits my reading. I have it placed in the study on the shelf. Like you, the cover drew me in. Based on your review thus far, I am really looking forward to reading it!

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