How to Thank God When You’ve Lost Everything

What are the important things in my life? What are the things that I think I can’t live without? What are my priorities?

It’s easy to answer those questions with kinds, family, God, work, etc., until you lose something this is important to you.

Today I lost my wallet. The Bible tells us that we need to thank God, even for our trials. But can anyone tell me how I am supposed to thank God for a lost wallet? I mean, does God know what a pain it is to get everything replaced that was in there? (FYI, there’s a bit of sarcasm in that statement).

My first thought was: “Ugh! why is this happeneing me! I don’t have time to get all of this replaced. How am I going to get home?” (being that I live on a military installation). Moments like this help me to reassess my priorities…it’s just a wallet. Hopefully it will turn up, but it’s not the end of the world.

I guess I am trying to see this as a blessing instead of a trial because through losing my wallet I have been able to reassess some of my priorities and what I think is important. The things I carry around in my wallet are replacable. My priceless, irreplaceable belongings are still safe at home. So now I am thanking God for what is really important in my life and for reminding me how little importance other things have in life.



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