The Holiday Paradox: Gratitude and Overcoming Shame

The Holiday Paradox: Gratitude and Overcoming Shame

As we navigate the holidays, thoughts about gratitude, thanks, and overcoming shame have been swirling in my mind. The holidays are touted as a time of joy, blessings, and family, but can paradoxically become one of the most triggering times of the year, especially for those grappling with shame. In this post, I want to explore the intricate relationship between thanksgiving, shame, and the transformative power of gratitude.

The Triggering Nature of Holidays

The Triggering Nature of Holidays
For many, the holidays are not the picturesque scenes of warmth and joy we often envision. Rather, they become a breeding ground for triggers that unearth deep-seated shame. Despite the season’s emphasis on joy and gratitude, the complex dynamics of family gatherings can intensify feelings of being unseen, unimportant, or disrespected, echoing childhood and past wounds. It’s fascinating how celebrations designed to foster joy and gratitude can simultaneously act as a catalyst for shame.

In my book, “The Sovereign Touch,” I delve into the profound connection between overcoming shame and the practice of thanks. Gratitude becomes a bridge that unifies us with Jesus, allowing God to be God in our lives. And while nothing can truly separate us from God, our ingratitude can erect walls, hindering our experience and enjoyment of His presence. This is why the importance of thanks in these times is paramount. Thanksgiving is a transfer of ownership to the Lord, turning everything, even our difficulties, into blessings.

Thanks as a Lifestyle

Thanks as a Lifestyle
Gratitude isn’t a one-time event; it’s a lifestyle. To thank God in everything is to live out a continuous expression of thanks and appreciation. As we embrace this lifestyle of gratitude, we open ourselves to the transformative power that thanks wields over our circumstances, including those that trigger shame.

As I reflect on the experiences shared with me by others, it’s evident that the very situations triggering shame during Thanksgiving and Christmas are opportunities for profound transformation. In His wisdom, the Lord brings us into these situations not only to give us the chance to express thanks but also to address and overcome the shame they provoke.

In upcoming posts, I’ll further explore the connection between gratitude, shame, and overcoming challenges and what that looks like in the heat of the moment. I invite you to join me on this journey of reflection and discovery. I hope that, amidst the triggers and challenges of this holiday season, you’ll find a deep well of gratitude, allowing you to see the Lord’s blessings even amid difficulties. I am genuinely thankful for each one of you and wish you a holiday season filled with overcoming, gratitude, and the transformative power of thanks.

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